IHS Global Insight has once again named SMA the most preferred supplier of PV inverters. SMA has earned the top ranking in the report from the PV Inverter Customer Insight Survey by IHS every year since 2012, despite ongoing increases in competition within the PV marketplace.
Wiring the Sunny Multigate XT2S or other, larger, Multigate enclosures is fast and efficient for systems using SMA’s Sunny Boy 240-US micro inverters. The Solar Academy’s Mike Mahon demonstrates the steps for connection and features that make this the most reliable and easy-to-install micro inverter solution available today.
Like today’s smart phones and computers, occasionally inverters need to perform updates. Sunny Boy TL-US systems with Webconnect technology can be set for automatic or manual updates. The Solar Academy’s Mike Mahon demonstrates the easy steps for manual updates in the Tech Tip video.
The Sunny Tripower’s Connection Unit features an easy-to-use reverse polarity detector to ensure each PV string is wired properly. In mere seconds, installers can test and confirm polarity as each string is landed within the DC combiner inputs, making for a safer installation and commissioning process for everyone involved.
Santa Ana Golf Club (SAGC) in Bernalillo, New Mexico, is one of the most celebrated and scenic golf facilities in the American Southwest. Situated on 270 acres, it offers spectacular views of the Sandia Mountains, the Rio Grande and the dormant volcanoes crouched along the West Mesa. It includes a 27-hole championship links-style golf course with five sets of tees on every hole, allowing golfers to play from 5,500 to 7,400 yards. There also is a 22,000-square-foot clubhouse, full-service pro shop, four-star restaurant, casual bar and grille, practice facilities and hospitality quarters.
The long haul
Perhaps the most concerning aspect of most module-level power electronics is that long-term reliability has not been established—most companies are too young to prove reliability. Without sufficient operating history, Enphase and SolarEdge can’t confirm how their devices will perform over their estimated useful life, leaving O&M a guessing game.
Time is money
Now that we’ve covered some of the technical differences between module-level power electronics and the Sunny Boy TL-US with Secure Power Supply, it’s time to discuss potential financial implications of choosing Enphase micro inverters or SolarEdge power optimizer systems.
Added value and opportunity power
All residential inverters perform a basic function: They convert direct current into alternating current for household use. However, not all of these devices are created equal. This blog series will explore the myths and misconceptions of some of the industry’s other module-level power electronics versus with the SMA Sunny Boy TL-US with Secure Power Supply, the solar industry’s most advanced residential inverter solution.
Rain or shine, grid or no grid, Mi-Wuk Village’s Word of Life Fellowship church will have power. What started as a way to help the church reduce its electrical bill grew to become a 70.5kW system with off-grid capabilities and battery backup.
PepsiCo is one of the world’s leading food and beverage companies, with 22 diverse and beloved brands including Pepsi, Lay’s, Tropicana, Quaker and Gatorade. At PepsiCo’s bottling plant in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, beverage company Embotelladora de Sula, S.A. (EMSULA) utilizes specially designed blowing machines to craft its own bottles, which are filled with some of the world’s most popular carbonated beverages, water, juices and energy drinks.
It’s something installers hate to hear and hate to troubleshoot: the dreaded DC-side arc fault. Rarely in solar can such a small phrase bring so much ambiguity and require so much effort to find and fix. Yet over the course of a career, all solar installers will find themselves searching inside junction boxes, combiners and on top of roofs to find that pesky fault.