Archives from Months March, 2017

Tested and True: SMA Inverters Deliver Quality & Safety

When it comes to choosing an inverter, quality and safety are essential. These two factors work together to ensure maximum efficiency and sustainability for your projects. Here at SMA, we continuously put our products to the test to ensure they meet the highest quality and safety standards. We build products you can trust.

Test for electromagnetic compatibility: a look into the futuristic EMC chamber

Why should this matter to you? With proven quality and safety, your PV investment will be protected from major risk factors, including:

  • Loss of power output: We tested our inverters against our competitor’s product, and results showed that the other inverter lost power output even in normal ambient temperatures.
  • High maintenance costs: The poor AC:DC ratios of other inverters lead to higher costs for installation, operations and maintenance over the life of a PV system.
  • Reduced component life: A passive cooling temperature management strategy dramatically reduces power output, lessening the life of a PV component by 75 percent.
  • IT security issues: Cloud-based, remote management systems are a great way to monitor and control your PV system – but not every cloud management system is safe or secure.
  • Legal trouble: Some inverters out there have EMI values more than 10 times what is legally allowed, which is grounds for unwanted legal attention.

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SMA to Host Large-Scale Storage Day in Germany

Last year was a big year for energy storage. According to a recent GTM Research report, U.S. energy storage installations grew by 100 percent. This year the trend is expected to continue, with more and more energy storage systems – especially long-duration systems – continuing to be installed.

Visit the SMA Large-Scale Storage Day on April 25, 2017 in Niestetal, Germany

SMA is introducing innovative concepts for megawatt-class storage systems as it prepares for a future when storage systems will play an even larger role in PV power plants and utility grids. SMA’s large-scale storage concept is the solution for grid-bound integration, with or without a PV system.

To take a deeper look at current market developments and showcase its large-scale storage solution, SMA will host the Large-Scale Storage Day Tuesday, April 25, at SMA headquarters in Niestetal, Germany.

The Large-Scale Storage Day is a great opportunity to learn about megawatt-class storage, exchange ideas with experts and tour the SMA Test Center and Sunny Central production facilities for a behind-the-scenes look at SMA’s quality standards.

Guest lectures will discuss regulations and battery storage applications, intelligent generation systems, grid management and SMA’s full-service offerings.

To register for the event, click here.

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California Dairy Farm Offsets 85% of Energy Consumption with SMA Inverters

Sunvalley Solar recently completed a 2.2 MW solar project on Wreden Ranch, a dairy farm located south of Fresno in Hanford, California. A total of 58 SMA Sunny Tripower inverters, together with 6,920 Canadian Solar panels, were deployed on 12 acres of land.

“Reliability is our top concern when choosing parts for agricultural projects. SMA has a reputation for great customer service and reliable products,” said Mehmet Cercioglu, general manager of Sunvalley Solar.

The system uses the Sunny Tripower 30000TL-US, the ideal inverter for designing a system with power, efficiency and flexibility.

This installation is an addition to a 1.1 MW project that was commissioned on Wreden Ranch in 2015. In total, the 3.3 MW solar array is the largest, privately-owned PV system on a California dairy farm.

The solar energy provided from the system will offset around 85% of the farm’s electricity consumption.

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SMA Test Center: The World in a Lab [Video]

More is expected of them than of others: SMA solar inverters must work perfectly for many years. No matter in which country, in which climate, or to which power network they are connected.

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Project Spotlight: French American International School by Occidental Power

SMA partner Occidental Power recently installed a rooftop system at the French American International School, part of the National Center for International Schools, in downtown San Francisco.

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Tech Tip: Instalación de la nueva solución Power+ de SMA

Nuestro último Tech Tip ofrece una visión general del proceso de instalación de la nueva solución Power+ de SMA, una solución que redefine la optimización de un sistema fotovoltaico residencial utilizando electrónica de potencia a nivel modular (MLPE).

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Tech Tip: Installing SMA’s New Power+ Solution

Our latest tech tip provides an overview of the installation process for SMA’s new Power+ Solution – a solution that redefines what it means to optimize a residential PV system using Module Level Power Electronics (MLPE).

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SMA on the Road: Optimization Redefined Tour 2017

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SMA is getting ready to hit the road this spring for its Optimization Redefined Tour 2017! Come out to an event at an Authorized Distributors near you to meet SMA Solar Academy trainers and experience our new Power+ Solution firsthand.

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