What role do large battery storage systems play in the future energy supply? What opportunities does energy market 2.0 offer for companies involved? How is a megawatt-class battery inverter actually built? In April, Large-Scale Storage Day at SMA offered participants interesting lectures, tours of Sunny Central Storage production and the SMA Test center, and plenty of time for networking.
This year, Earth Day is celebrated around the world on Saturday, April 22. On this day and every day, SMA honors Mother Earth and the abundance of resources the planet provides to us.
From helping farms and businesses offset their electricity costs to installing enough solar power in North America to power 2 million homes, SMA is grateful to play a small role in developing clean energy that respects and values our environment.
We believe that harnessing the power of the sun will protect the resources we have here on earth to create a greener, more sustainable way of life that will preserve our planet for years to come.
Many of our installation partners and Authorized Distributors are excited about the game-changing Power+ Solution. Hopefully, many of you have even received some training via a Solar Academy webinar, or have watched our tech tips on how to install it.
But how do you explain the benefits of the Power+ Solution to homeowners who may not immediately understand it – or perhaps aren’t even sure what an inverter does? Rather than focusing on technical information, here are a few tips that may help you explain why SMA’s Power+ Solution is the best choice for residential PV systems.
- Highlight SMA’s proven experience as a #1 global inverter brand, sharing that SMA has 35 years of field-proven experience.
- Talk about the safety and reliability of the Power+ Solution, including how our solution uses fewer components than competitor solutions, meaning there will be less maintenance involved.
- SMA’s Power+ Solution produces more power than its competition. This means more savings on power bills for homeowners!
- Share information about Sunny Portal, our free, mobile-friendly tool that will help homeowners track their system’s performance and ROI.
- Spotlight SMA as a future-proof choice. With SMA’s continued commitment to developing home energy management technology and exciting partnerships with leading battery brands, homeowners can count on SMA technology as they equip their home to be a smart home of the future.
Each of these is highlighted in our special brochure just for homeowners. This is a great tool for you to use when you are talking to homeowners about their residential PV project. To access the brochure, simply click here or scroll down to the bottom of the Power+ Solution page. There, you’ll see a red icon labeled with Download the Power+ Solution brochure for homeowners.
We encourage you to browse our website for additional resources as well, and come back to our blog regularly for more helpful tips and tools.
R.A. Sano Farms, located in the heart of California’s Central Valley, is a large farm that grows tomatoes and a variety of other row crops.
Farm owner Alan Sano has always faced a challenge because tomatoes require large amounts of watering, and in a place where surface water is limited, he had to use groundwater from wells on the farm to irrigate his crops. This is extremely costly because pumping from wells requires a great deal of electricity.
To offset those costs, Sano turned to JKB Energy, a tried-and-true expert for agricultural and commercial projects, to install two 750 kW fixed ground-mount systems for his irrigation wells. JKB used two different sites to take advantage of existing utility transformers and install the maximum solar capacity on each one – thus avoiding significant upgrade costs for Sano’s farm.
Both sites combine for a 1,500 kW system that saves R.A. Sano Farms nearly $361,000 per year. The system will also offset more than 93 million pounds of CO2 over the next 25 years.
JKB Energy used 28 SMA Sunny Tripower inverters for the system, which are the ideal inverters for flexible, efficient installations.
“We value long-term business relationships and reliable products. SMA is the clear industry leader on both of these points, and they’ve been a terrific partner over the years. They have the history and reputation to back up their product claims and services,” said Chad Cummings, Director of Sales & Marketing for JKB Energy.
JKB Energy has been a long-valued partner to SMA, incorporating effective designs using the Sunny Tripower line of inverters for agriculture-related installations.
We are glad that SMA inverters are helping R.A. Sano Farms save on its electricity bills and focus more on farming.