Did your inverter company leave you high and dry? What to do when your supplier pulls out of the market.

From Matt Marx (guest post) on 07/09/2019 in Category Company, Industry News, Service with 3 Comments

Further consolidation in the solar inverter landscape raises service and O&M uncertainty as reports of another global inverter provider ceasing sales in the U.S. 

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The U.S. solar market is no stranger to consolidation among PV inverter manufacturers. Over the last few years we have seen many providers limit or even cease inverter sales entirely including once high-profile players like Satcon, Advanced Energy and others.

While some inverter providers have simply limited operations to specific markets and technologies, others have declared bankruptcy and terminated all operations. No matter the reason for exiting, changes in the inverter landscape can leave plant owners with concerns about their installed base including the long-term operational effectiveness and ROI of their PV plants.

Exiting companies often commit to maintaining warranty and technical service staff, however, questions remain about response time, spare parts availability and the longevity of a manufacturer’s commitment to service a market that it has long exited. With PV plant lifetime expectations at 25 years or more, plant owners can’t afford to take chances with their investments.

Never fear, SMA is here!

SMA is the leading provider of multivendor O&M solutions and has extensive experience servicing non-SMA equipment. Our O&M portfolio stands at nearly 4 GW and continues to grow by the day, due in part to the takeover of distressed PV plants that have seen an inverter manufacturer exit a market or go out of business entirely. If you have concerns about your PV plant’s performance, whether it has SMA inverters or not, contact Sales@SMA-America.com to discuss how SMA’s service solutions can safeguard your PV portfolio for the long haul.

Did you know, SMA also offers Repowering solutions? Often after only several years or even months in operation, PV plants can experience underperformance and excessive downtime. Repowering solutions from SMA identify the root causes of plant-wide issues and offer remediation options. Contact Repowering@SMA-America.com today to get your underperforming plant back on track.

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Matt Marx (guest author)

Matt Marx is the strategic marketing manager for SMA America. He is in charge of product communication for all business segments including residential, commercial, utility and storage.

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    Neal Stachowicz

    07/12/2019 at 8:43 am

    Is anyone working the issue of letting solar panels to provide power to the home when the grid goes down? By this I don’t mean the secure power that sma sunny boy provides. I am curious if anyone is thinking of allowing the net meter to isolate the home from the grid so the whole power of the solar system is available to the home (if needed -like with the sma secure power). Marrying this with an electric car could keep the home minimally powered through existing wiring without extension cables in a grid power outage. Thoughts?

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      Mike

      07/15/2019 at 8:50 am

      Neal, PV inverters are balanced current sources and home loads panels usually are not, so there would have to be an autoformer involved, and since storing electricity likely would be needed (and most folks don’t have electric cars yet) a battery is also needed. SMA’s Sunny Island – or even better two or four – can safely control the PV power to balance load demand independent of the grid. This device has been available for 20 years. There is currently a >20% price reduction and 10 year extended warranty available on a limited number of Sunny Island 6048-US units if this solution is of interest.

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    observer

    07/28/2019 at 12:22 pm

    cute – Never fear, SMA is here!

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