Archives from Category Solar Spotlight

Central American Clothing Manufacturer Decks Out Its Facilities with Solar Energy

Pinehurst MFG, a distinguished textile manufacturing company, is trusted with clothing production by world-renowned brands such as ADIDAS. The company now powers its operations using a solar system with SMA inverters.

Commercial solar Honduras

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Hilton Hotel Upgrades to Energy Independence

Nestled in the exclusive Villa Fontana area of Managua, Nicaragua, lies the modern DoubleTree by Hilton hotel. Guests have long relaxed in the spacious rooms featuring elegant décor and breathtaking views of Managua Lake. With the new solar installation, guests now also know they are supporting a business that isn’t dependent on fossil fuels.

Solar system Managua

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A Sunny Upgrade for Our Four-Legged Friends

Tucked into the northeast tip of Long Island lies the town of Southold. It’s a picturesque waterfront region with beaches, vineyards and now the first animal shelter in the state to be powered by solar energy.

Solar system drone photo

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Cattle Ranch Beefs Up Savings with Solar Energy

Argentina’s first solar energy plant for self-consumption earns attention!

Sistema solar comercial con SMA

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Solar Spotlight: Naghtaneqed School Graduates to a Cleaner, Quieter Campus

Hakai Energy Solutions Delivers a Solar Hybrid Integration Project for Students in Canada!

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The Naghtaneqed Elementary School sits nestled in the expansive Nemaiah Valley, three hours southwest of Williams Lake, British Columbia. In this First Nations reserve and ranching community, the school has—until now—been fully powered by diesel electric gensets for more than 30 years.

High operating costs associated with fuel purchase and ongoing maintenance motivated the district to explore solar power. The reliance on diesel also introduced pollution and noise to the campus. Thanks to clean, renewable energy, those issues are drastically reduced concerns today. The Cariboo-Chilcotin district hired Hakai Energy Solutions to install a solar project expected to save the school $50,000 CAD, roughly $37,000 USD, in annual diesel costs.

In July 2019, the school district invested in a hybrid energy system that integrated solar energy production, advanced energy storage and an expandable inverter platform. Utilizing 140 high-output solar panels, 118 kilowatt-hours of lithium energy storage and SMA inverter technology, this system was designed to offset diesel consumption by reducing generator operation by 6,900 hours each year.

Impressively, Naghtaneqed School is expected to recoup its investment in roughly seven years through reduced fuel consumption of approximately 38,400 L every year, plus generator maintenance and replacement cost avoidance. Not to mention, emissions reductions are also estimated at 2,534,000 kilograms of CO2 over the 25-year lifespan of the system, equivalent to 19,500,000 kilometers driven by a car.

“We’ve used SMA products from day one, and they’re simply unbeatable in terms of reliability, functionality and serviceability,” said Jason Jackson, energy system designer with Hakai Energy Solutions. “Working in remote areas makes product selection vitally important. Over the years, we’ve worked with every major manufacturer of inverters, and these experiences have only reinforced our confidence in SMA products. Every employee in this company—from the installation crews to the finance department—is on the same page. From a team perspective, SMA offers the most dependable and bankable suite of products on the market.”

In November 2019, the solar hybrid integration project was completed at the school. The total size is 57.6-kilowatt PV with 120 kwh lithium (LiFePo)-based energy storage and features 45 and 60 kW gensets. Every year, an estimated 72 megawatt-hours will be generated. What kind of impact does that have on energy consumption? A full 80% of the school’s energy will now come from the sun.

This PV array includes Longi Solar72 cell Mono bi-facial solar panels, six Sunny Islands, 1 SMA multi-cluster box and one 50 kW SMA CORE1. The district received funding for the entire project through the Ministry of Education’s program for carbon neutral funding via a community improvement award from Clean Energy B.C. for the project.

“This project has helped us meet our goal of reducing our environmental impact and improved the quality of experiences students have on our campus,” said Alex Telford, manager of facilities and transportation for the Cariboo-Chilcotin district. “When you factor in the cost savings, it’s a win-win-win!”

Visit our photo gallery to enjoy more pictures of this project!

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Solar Spotlight: Sustainability is at the CORE of Spraying Systems’ Values and Business Strategies

GRNE Solar recently installed a new solar system powered by SMA Sunny Tripower CORE1 inverters and monitored with the SMA Data Manager M at the headquarters of Spraying Systems, a spray technology company in Illinois.

Solar system featuring SMA Sunny Tripower CORE1 inverters at Spraying Systems

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Solar Spotlight: Back Off Gas-Powered Generators, A New Backup is in the House!

A New Jersey family will no longer need gas-powered generators during outages. The installation of SMA’s Sunny Boy Storage with Automatic Backup Unit in their residence will provide them with backup power – and peace of mind – during emergencies.

Automatic Backup Unit from SMA

Financial and environmental reasons moved the Ratliff family to add storage to the solar system at their home. They wanted to be able to maximize self-consumption to take advantage of lower rates with time-of-use billing and avoid the use of dirtier gas-powered generators.

Exact Solar, the installer to whom the family entrusted this project, analyzed its client’s needs and options available to come up with a recommendation of connecting three LG Chem batteries to an SMA Sunny Boy Storage battery inverter with an Automatic Backup Unit.

SMA Sunny Boy Storage battery inverter connected to three LG Chem batteries.

This fully integrated solution for whole home backup power from SMA offers an AC coupled architecture, which provides opportunities for new PV or retrofit installations, and allows up to three high-voltage batteries connected in parallel to the battery inverter. It also has a 200 Amp rated bus for direct line-side connection to large home electrical panels. In addition, it balances up to five kVA of imbalance across phases, reducing the potential for system interruption during backup mode operation due to imbalanced loads within the home.

“We chose the SMA Sunny Boy Storage because it was the system that was able to give the customer the functionality he was looking for at a reasonable price. The Sunny Boy Storage inverter was able to be connected to three of the LG Chem batteries, which is the amount of energy storage we needed, and the ABU gave the controls necessary to maximize self-consumption for all of the customer’s loads and not be limited to just a critical loads subpanel. As more utilities go to time of use pricing or limit export, I think we will see more and more storage systems being implemented,” said Exact Solar Founder and President Mark Bortman.

The 20.13kW system was commissioned in February 2019.

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Solar Spotlight: From Net-Metering to Zero-Export With Sunny Boy Storage

The SMA Sunny Boy Storage offers an AC coupled architecture, enabling installation at any point in time. This provides greater flexibility and gives installers the opportunity to generate new business with existing customers. Davis Electric experienced this first-hand with one of their customers in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Sunny Boy Storage Installation

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SMA Repowering Brings Utility PV Plant Impacted by Hurricane Maria Back in Business

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was the costliest and deadliest on record. Hurricane María, a category five storm, was especially catastrophic for the northeastern region of the Caribbean. As the eye passed south of the island, the hurricane severely affected St. Croix USVI, bringing heavy rainfall, flooding and hurricane-force winds.

BMR Utility PV Plant, St. Croix USVI

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Solar Spotlight: False Bay School Goes Solar With the Best in Class

Diesel generators that ran for 12 hours a day powered the school located on Lasqueti Island in British Columbia, Canada, from its construction in 1953 until 2016, when a community effort turned a solar dream into reality.

False Bay School Goes Solar With the Best in Class

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Solar Spotlight – Islas Secas: Unmatched Sustainable Tourism Model in Panama

Sustainability and stewardship are noticeable in the facilities, infrastructure and operation of Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge, where visitors enjoy the timeless natural beauty and ecological abundance of Panama’s Pacific Coast. At this pristine location, the sun generates the energy and SMA inverters power the facilities.

Islas Secas: Unmatched Sustainable Tourism Model in Panama

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Solar Spotlight: Utility Solar Project in Riverside County, California, will Have Enormous Impact on Preservation of Natural Resources

Sunpin Solar, who earned Solar Power World’s distinction as a 2018 Top Five Solar Developer in the United States, constructed the ground-mounted project in Mecca, California.

Sunpin North Shore Solar project

 

 

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