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Differentiate your Business with Help from SMA

How can you better stand out amongst your competitors while maintaining a lean operation? In this SMA PowerUP Trusted Solar Energy Partner blog post series, we have talked about the perks of being a member including: special sales and pricing benefits, exclusive training and installation assistance, as well as priority service support. But there’s more! As a PowerUP member you get exclusive resources that will boost your marketing reach and help you reach customers more effectively.

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SMA Solar Academy and SMA Sunbelt Partner to Bring In-Depth Trainings to Florida Installers!

SMA will host three days of training at the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa, Florida from February 18-20. If you are in the Southeast and are interested in learning about residential, commercial and off-grid solar and storage, then you don’t want to miss these seminars with the best resources in the industry!

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Interconnect Your Residential and Commercial Projects Faster with Less Risk

Don’t get left behind when mandatory compliance of California Rule 21 Phase 2 and 3 goes into effect on March 22, 2020.

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Achieve a Whole New Level as an SMA PowerUP Member!

In Part I of this blog post series, we summarized a few of the benefits in becoming an SMA PowerUP Trusted Solar Energy Partner, including special sales and pricing benefits. In this second post, we are excited to share details on our training & support benefits.

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Power Up Your Business with SMA’s Trusted Dealer Program!

SMA’s new PowerUP Trusted Solar Energy Dealer program is a select network of installers and integrators closely associated with SMA. This four part blog series will look at all the benefits you can enjoy as an SMA partner.

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Competition is fierce and keeping your business on top of mind of your customers can be difficult.

As SMA trusted partners, PowerUP members receive valuable pricing, training, service and marketing benefits that make doing business simpler. In addition, these installers generate third-party credibility with buyers, facilitating an easier sales process and a more supportive installation experience.

The program uses an exclusive set of discounts, incentives and support functions to grow sales.

Direct SMA Rebate: Recognizing Brand Loyalty

PowerUP Dealers receive preferential pricing on standard products and will receive monthly rebates on product sales. These will improve flexibility and overall profitability. More promotions and incentives may be offered to further enhance the value of your SMA system.

Best in Class Inverter Warranty: + 5 Years Warranty on Sunny Boy Inverters

As a PowerUP Dealer, you can receive a 5-year warranty extension on Sunny Boy inverter purchases. This extends your total inverter warranty to a best in class 15 years! Coupled with a 25-year warranty on TS4-R module-level devices as part of our Power+ Solution, SMA PowerUP Dealers will have a comprehensive product backstop that reduces lifetime product costs.

Tell SMA What You Want to Sell: Provide Input on Next-Gen Products

By completing product development surveys, you’ll have a chance to share valuable feedback regarding SMA products including what types of products and updates you would like to offer to your customers.

Are you interested in learning more? Visit https://www.sma-america.com/powerup/installer and stay tuned for part 2 of this blog series where we’ll outline more PowerUP member benefits!

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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.

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Solar Chat: Meet Dave Rosenfeld from the Solar Rights Alliance

I had the pleasure of meeting Dave Rosenfeld recently at an event held by CALSSA in California State Capitol. Dave has spent most of his career “helping the little guy stand up to powerful interests” and is currently the Executive Director of the Solar Rights Alliance. 

In this interview with Dave, we discuss everything you need to know about this non-profit organization, why they are advocating for solar stakeholders in California, and how you can join their efforts.

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Meet SMA experts at Solar Asset Management North America 2019!

Meet SMA experts at Solar Asset Management North America 2019!

The leading conference dedicated to optimizing the operational phase of solar plants and portfolios is back in San Francisco for its sixth edition, and SMA is once again a proud diamond sponsor. Register now and save 15% using code SMA-15.

Meet SMA experts at Solar Asset Management North America 2019!

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The Top Three Reasons Why Installers Love the CORE1 Commercial Solution from SMA!

Since its introduction, SMA’s Sunny Tripower CORE1 has been taking the commercial market by storm. Now with expanded features and functions, installers have even more reasons to appreciate this truly unique commercial PV solution. We compiled the top three reasons that have installers shouting their praise from the rooftop. 

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Solar Spotlight: Pistachio and Almond Grower Invests in Solar for a Harvest of Savings

The ground-mounted system installed by JKB Energy located in Kettleman City, California, is the second largest net-metered solar project in PG&E territory and has a projected annual savings of $435,490.

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Solar Spotlight: The Sun Now Powers the Hottest New Movies, in the Coolest Environment at the Mary Pickford Theater!

The iconic, state-of-the art Mary Pickford Theatre in Cathedral City, California, now includes a self-sustaining renewable energy plant. SMA inverters are powering the system engineered and constructed by Aeterna Energy.

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Part 2: Commercial PV System Sizing and Design with SMA CORE1 Inverter

PART II

In part one, we introduced the features of SMA’s free sizing and simulation tool and outlined how the CORE1 is designed to provide easier installation, commissioning and monitoring. In part two, we will discuss the benefits of the CORE1 for weather data integration as well as the advantages of using Sunny Design.

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For weather data integration, the CORE1 communications card allows the installation of a sensor module that can integrate temperature, irradiance, and wind speed sensors, reducing the amount of connections, cable runs, and additional external monitoring devices needed.

If we look at the East/West configuration of the array, it is important to account for any possible shading effects. Fortunately, SMA inverters include the Opti Trac Global Peak algorithm, which reduces the effects of shade on the system by allowing the inverters to optimize the Maximum Power Point Tracking of the PV array. Additionally with the CORE1, it is possible to monitor independent strings in order to check for any differences in energy production on each of the channels of the inverter. As it occurs in this case where we have strings of similar size, it is possible to configure two groups (East and West) to compare currents and identify any failures or potential problems on the strings.

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One nice feature of Sunny Design is the possibility of doing a side-by-side comparison of design options. In the image above, we can see the results and overview of both options. Although for alternative 1 there is a higher AC capacity by having two 30kW inverters, the annual energy yield and the performance ratio of both designs is almost the same. The CORE 1 design has a higher DC/AC ratio.

Depending on the characteristics and conditions of the installation site, it might make more sense to adopt the alternative one with two Sunny Tripower TL-US inverters. Even though these devices do not have the high integration of the CORE 1, they are lighter, more flexible, and allow installations in high-pitched roofs.

The last step in the design process involves selecting the option that makes the economic sense. Fortunately, Sunny Design offers the possibility of customizing values and settings to perform a profitability analysis, so that costs and payback periods can be visualized. This enables an integrator to make the right decision not only based on technical specifications, but also on financial metrics.

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In summary, if you want to complete successfully a PV project on time, there is no need to cut corners, just make sure that you have the best tools for the job. You can count on SMA, we have the solution for any PV project offering the best support and providing the answers, you need every step of the way.

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