Archives from Months August, 2020

SMA Inverters used in the Most Powerful Energy Storage Project in the U.S

SMA inverters are now helping to power the largest battery project in the world, according to a recent report from Greentech Media. The Gateway Energy Storage Project, which is located near San Diego, California, went live in June and is managed by grid infrastructure developer LS Power. It is expected to become an important source of power for the electrical grid in Southern California. 

large scale Solar and storage

Photo Credit: LS Power

The project is in a 70,000-square-foot building and is equipped with 98 SMA inverters as well as batteries from NEC Energy Solutions. The developers plan to expand the project to 250 megawatts, Greentech Media said, meaning it will have a four-hour duration.

The system is already proving its value. During California’s recent heatwave, the Gateway Energy Storage project played an important role in helping to meet peak demand, Greentech Media reported.

For more project details read the full report here!


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Tech Tip: Installation of the TS4-R-F Line of SMA-Compatible SunSpec Certified Rapid Shutdown Receivers

In our latest Tech Tip video, SMA Solar Academy Senior Technical Trainer Mike Mahon demonstrates how to install the TS4-R-F line of SMA-compatible SunSpec certified rapid shutdown receivers.

These devices, when paired with the SMA US-41 line of Sunny Boy or CORE1 inverters, provide easy-to-install, reliable, module-level shutdown to meet all the 2017 and 2020 NEC requirements.

The Tech Tip video covers the installation of SMA’s TS4-R-F unit—the first SunSpec certified shutdown receiver tested to ensure full compatibility with the Sunny Boy US-41 and CORE1 US-41 lines.

To learn more about all the benefits of the TS4-R-F line, watch this video or visit the webpage.

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SMA Extends Smart Connected Registration Window to Two Years!

In response to strong customer enrollment, SMA has extended the window for customers to enroll their Sunny Portal plants into SMA’s groundbreaking FREE service support program, Smart Connected.

SMA Service Support

SMA Smart Connected provides behind-the-scenes, proactive service troubleshooting support and the ability to proactively ship RMA units. This streamlines business operations and increases the profitability of service support activity by reducing truck rolls up to 50%.

Enrolling in Smart Connected is easy for plants that have, in the last two years, registered on either the classic Sunny Portal or Sunny Portal powered by ennexOS. For either portal, address and email information for the Operator and Installer needs to be entered, and a shipping address and notification emails selected.  If desired, Installer information can be duplicated in the Operator fields.

For the classic Sunny Portal, once the plant to be enrolled has been selected, choose PV System Monitoring from the main menu, then select Settings” at the top right of the SMA Smart Connected section of the screen (Fig 1a). Scroll to the bottom of the Smart Connected section in the screen that appears and select Edit (Fig 1b), then Select the check box next to SMA Smart Connected (Fig 1c). Enter all required Installer and Operator Data, select a shipping address and email addresses for notifications. Click Save at the bottom right of the screen when done (Fig 1d).  You will see confirmation that Smart Connected has been activated (Fig 1e)!

Smart Connected tutorial

Fig 1a. Under PV System Monitoring, select Settings for SMA Smart Connected to begin.

SMA Smart Connected blog post

Fig 1b. Select Edit at bottom of SMA Smart Connected section.

SMA Smart Connected

Fig 1c. Select the check box to show the Installer and Operator data fields.

SMA Smart Connected information

Fig 1d. After filling out all information and selecting emails and address, click Save.

Smart Connected step by step

Fig 1e. Congratulations!  Your PV plant is now protected by SMA Smart Connected.

For Sunny Portal powered by ennexOS, select the correct plant from your portfolio.  On the left, select the Configuration (wheel) icon, and select System Monitoring from the list in the plant column (Fig 2a). Scroll to the bottom of the window that appears. If Operator and Installer information was not entered during plant registration, select Edit Operator and Installer data (Fig 2b) and fill out all required fields (select the checkbox for No value-added tax ID available for North America), selecting Save when done (Fig 2c).  Now select Carry out initial configuration (Fig 2d), and select the correct dispatch (shipping) address, select which emails should receive Smart Connected notifications, and most importantly, select the check box at the bottom to activate Smart Connected.  Select Save when done to finish the enrollment (Fig 2e). A confirmation that Smart Connected is active will appear (Fig 2f).


Sunny Portal screenshot

Fig 2a. In the Configuration menu for the plant, choose System Monitoring.

Sunny Portal from SMA

Fig 2b. If needed, select Edit Operator and Installer data.

Smart Connected tutorial

Fig 2c. Fill in all required Operator and Installer information.

Smart Connected article

Fig 2d. Select Carry out initial configuration.

Smart Connected setup

Fig 2e. Select the shipping address, appropriate email addresses, and select the bottom checkbox to enroll.

Smart Connected configuration blog post

Fig 2f. Congratulations!  Your PV plant is now protected by SMA Smart Connected.


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Paradise Energy Solar Carport Project Revs Up the Savings

When the team at Turn 14 Distribution, a premium vehicle performance warehouse distributor with corporate headquarters in Horsham, Pennsylvania, wanted to install a solar project, it turned to the experts at Paradise Energy. Paradise Energy is a full-service solar installation company that provides turnkey, grid-tied solar installations throughout the mid-Atlantic region for businesses, farmers and homeowners.

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How one industry association is driving lower costs and less risk through standards: A SunSpec Alliance primer

While standardization may not seem like a provocative topic, few industries have scaled without it. In this guest post from SunSpec Alliance chairman Tom Tansy, you’ll read how the trade group has been shaping industry norms for more than a decade and the benefits it provides to PV professionals.

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