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Keep the Lights On with the SMA Energy System

If a power outage or other emergencies like tornadoes or hurricanes hit your home, you can keep the refrigerator running and the lights on with backup power from by the SMA Energy System.

In Part I of this blog series, we provided details on how homeowners can maximize energy consumption with the SMA Energy System. In Part II, we elaborate on the options for protected loads and whole home backup power. 

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The Secret to Maximizing Your Energy Consumption at Home

With the SMA Energy System, homeowners are able to achieve both whole home backup during power outages and efficient energy management when reducing energy bills requires more than just a PV system.

In Part I of this blog series, we will provide details on how homeowners can maximize energy consumption with the SMA Energy System. In Part II, we will elaborate on the options for protected loads and whole home backup power. 

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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 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.

Dave Rosenfeld - Solar Rights Alliance

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Rule 21 Phase 2: What does it mean for the solar industry?

It is February the 22, 2019, and today is the day we’ve been anticipating for California Electric Rule 21, Phase 2 implementation!

Rule 21 Phase 2: What does it mean for the solar industry?

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How the Sunspec Alliance is Leading the Charge on Rapid Shutdown and PV Safety

Guest Post: Brian Fortman, Texas Instruments

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What Makes SMA Right for You?

You have decided to go solar. Great! Now you might be asking yourself; what are the components of a solar system? What does an inverter do? Why is it important? Which one is right for me? These are common questions and at SMA, we have the answers.

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Are you Ready to Achieve Compliance of California Rule 21 Reactive Power Priority Requirement?

CA Rule 21 Phase1 new requirements will include a Reactive Power Priority setting starting Thursday, July 26.  UL has certified SMA inverters as compliant with this new regulation.

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Thanks for Attending the New Speed of Solar Tour!

SMA’s New Speed of Solar Tour has concluded with great success, thanks to our gracious Authorized Distributor hosts and your participation! SMA’s road weary Solar Academy trainers visited 18 cities throughout the United States and Canada providing free technical training on the new and improved Power+ Solution, which now features fewer components and even simpler commissioning.

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The New Speed of Solar Tour

Experience the New and Improved Power+ Solution at a stop near you!

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Outclass the Shade With Module Optimizer

What to do if a tree, chimney or even a neighboring house casts its shadow on the PV system? This video shows how you can get the highest possible energy yields from the modules with the TS4-R-O module optimizer, even in shade.

The SMA Power+ Solution combines legendary SMA inverter performance and intelligent DC module-level electronics in one cost-effective, comprehensive package. With the Power+ Solution, you can save significantly on installation costs and maximize solar power production for your customers.

Be sure to head over to our product page to learn more and download the Power+ Solution brochure for trade professionals!

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Why Power+? How to Explain the Solution to Homeowners

Many of our installation partners and Authorized Distributors are excited about the game-changing Power+ Solution. Hopefully, many of you have even received some training via a Solar Academy webinar, or have watched our tech tips on how to install it.

But how do you explain the benefits of the Power+ Solution to homeowners who may not immediately understand it – or perhaps aren’t even sure what an inverter does?  Rather than focusing on technical information, here are a few tips that may help you explain why SMA’s Power+ Solution is the best choice for residential PV systems.

  • Highlight SMA’s proven experience as a #1 global inverter brand, sharing that SMA has 35 years of field-proven experience.
  • Talk about the safety and reliability of the Power+ Solution, including how our solution uses fewer components than competitor solutions, meaning there will be less maintenance involved.
  • SMA’s Power+ Solution produces more power than its competition. This means more savings on power bills for homeowners!
  • Share information about Sunny Portal, our free, mobile-friendly tool that will help homeowners track their system’s performance and ROI.
  • Spotlight SMA as a future-proof choice. With SMA’s continued commitment to developing home energy management technology and exciting partnerships with leading battery brands, homeowners can count on SMA technology as they equip their home to be a smart home of the future.

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Each of these is highlighted in our special brochure just for homeowners. This is a great tool for you to use when you are talking to homeowners about their residential PV project. To access the brochure, simply click here or scroll down to the bottom of the Power+ Solution page. There, you’ll see a red icon labeled with Download the Power+ Solution brochure for homeowners.

We encourage you to browse our website for additional resources as well, and come back to our blog regularly for more helpful tips and tools.

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