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Mitigate Risk in Residential PV with SMA and the SunSpec Alliance

Would you like to learn how to maximize the value of a residential PV system while managing risk? Join industry leaders for an informative webinar Thursday, July 9th at 2:00 PM EDT. We will cover how to effectively decrease business risks while maximizing benefits for residential PV customers. Click here to sign up.
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We will highlight areas of opportunity in:

  • Energy Production
  • Reliability
  • Standardization
  • Service

This webinar will educate attendees on how the SunSpec Alliance is advancing industry standardization in rapid shutdown technology to achieve simple, cost-effective compliance with NEC 2017 requirements. Additionally, SMA experts will highlight a more effective way to optimize PV systems that produce more energy and afford system owners greater reliability.

We will also discuss how standardization can greatly reduce business risk by giving PV professionals freedom of choice among proven solutions while avoiding risks associated with proprietary supply. Service considerations are also a factor in minimizing risks for PV professionals and system owners alike.

We will examine recent advances in service technology that streamline operations for PV professionals while reducing the business risks associated with system downtime and truck rolls.

Featured Presenters

Tom Tansy, Chairperson, SunSpec Alliance

Brad Dore, Director of Marketing, SMA America

Blair Reynolds, Residential Product Manager, SMA America

For more information on the SunSpec Alliance click here or to learn about SMA America solutions visit our website.

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Out with the Old, in with the New!

Are you looking for the most up-to-date and effective way to optimize a PV system? Join SMA America and Solar Power World to learn how on June 18, 2020 at 2 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT. Click here to register!

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New University Study Shows SMA Outperforms the Competition

Whether it’s from passing clouds, roof vents, or chimneys casting shadows, PV professionals must frequently deal with shade. But, what is the most effective way to handle it? A study by the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) now has the answer. 

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Effectively Reaching Storage Customers Amid Quarantine

Keeping your installation business moving forward despite ongoing Coronavirus circumstances is challenging, but not impossible.

Join us for a free webinar: Thursday April 30, 2020 2:00 PM ET

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Chances are you’re reading this from your home office, and you’ve been impacted by Coronavirus prevention measures. We wish you health and safety during these demanding times.

The good news is that your potential customers are home as well. The better news? You know who they are and how to reach them!

Many homeowners may be wondering about their energy security as they spend more time at home, so what better time to connect with them and share the peace of mind that whole home backup power can offer?

Join us for this informative webinar where attendees will gain insights including:

  • How to leverage past PV installation customers as a resource for new storage sales
  • How SMA and BYD products together provide homeowners with the ideal backup power solution
  • The importance of sharing benefit driven content with your audience
  • Marketing best practices and resources to keep driving your sales momentum

Featured speakers:

  • Brad Dore, Marketing Director, SMA
  • Devon Wilson, U.S. Manager, BYD

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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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Tech Tip: Watch a Step-by-Step Tutorial on the Installation and Commissioning of SMA’s Cellular LTE Modem Kit

In our latest Tech Tip video, SMA Solar Academy Senior Technical Trainer Mike Mahon demonstrates how easy it is to install and commission the Cellular Modem expansion kit for the Sunny Boy US PV inverter.

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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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SMA Energy System Has Been Recognized with UL 9540 Safety Certification

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We’re excited to announce that TÜV Rheinland has certified the SMA Energy System to UL Standard 9450:2016 for the USA and Canada.

TÜV Rheinland is an independent, accredited global safety inspection organization that acts as an unbiased third-party for product testing. With the UL 9540 system-level certification, the SMA Sunny Boy Storage inverter has been certified in conjunction with lithium-ion batteries from global manufacturing leaders BYD and LG Chem.

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Since its emergence in 2016, the much-coveted UL 9540 certification has only been achieved by a small group of energy storage system manufacturers. This prestigious certification is particularly important as it assures the highest level of safety for an energy storage system, which is typically comprises multiple components including the inverter, battery management system and the batteries themselves.SMA Energy System Seal

While the SMA Sunny Boy Storage inverter and the lithium-ion batteries have already achieved independent product safety certifications such as UL 1741 and UL 1973, this system-level certification is the first instance of these components being evaluated for operation as a combined unit according to a national safety standard. It’s also the first time in history that any product from either BYD or the LG Chem has ever been certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory to UL Standard 9540.

What does this mean for SMA’s customers?

It means they now have the highest level of assurance and confidence when buying the system. The requirement for the rigorous evaluation is becoming increasingly necessary for receiving incentives for the installation of battery energy storage systems, such as under the California Energy Commission (CEC) Senate Bill 1 (SB1) Guidelines. The UL 9540 certification requirement is also becoming more commonly referenced in regional building construction codes such as the California Fire Code and is a considered a best equipment installation practice by local Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) such as building inspectors and fire marshals.

Even where not yet formally required, the safety certification benefits consumers, utilities, building owners, firefighters and the general public. In many circumstances, it also benefits customers and installers by expediting system permitting and approval.

The additional accolade showcases not only the SMA commitment to safety but also the versatility the company offers to clients through multiple battery options. SMA’s holistic approach of achieving certification of the Sunny Boy Storage inverter in conjunction with the BYD B-Box and LG Chem RESU lithium-ion batteries also honors the true intention of the UL 9540 Standard.

The result of SMA’s rigorous certification efforts? Complete peace of mind for our customers.

For more information on this certification click here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Storm Warning: Is Your Renewable Energy System Ready for a Hurricane?

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Hurricane Dorian is gone but the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season is certainly not.  SMA gets many questions about how best to prepare and deal with the aftermath of hurricanes. Here, we provide you with answers to the most common questions.

Hurricane as seen in radars

Photo credit: NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory

FEMA released a report in 2018 concerning solar systems robustness to hurricanes. The primary recommendations are to ensure correct wind-loading calculations are done during the design phase, good quality control is enforced during constructions, and that annual checks of the entire array’s module clamps are done. Right before a storm strikes, it is also recommended to ensure gutters are cleared and all objects that could be flying debris impacting the array or balance of systems components are cleared or secured.

While some microinverter manufacturers emphasized the report’s comment that microinverters “have a greater chance of allowing undamaged panels of a PV array to continue to produce electrical power”, they conveniently ignored the fact that all microinverters will provide ZERO power if the grid is down.

The only UL-listed, grid-tied PV inverter that can safely provide power without batteries during a grid outage is the SMA Sunny Boy.  The ground breaking Secure Power Supply (SPS) feature of this inverter line has been around since 2013 and can provide up to 2,000 watts of silent, emissions-free pure sine wave AC power as long as the sun is shining.

After Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, dozens of SPS outlets were retrofitted onto Sunny Boys to allow customers to unlock this feature as the utility outage stretched into months. After Hurricane Irma passed through Florida in 2017, some folks realized their grid tied system was useless without utility power – see this News 6 Orlando video, which talks about the only grid-tied PV system without batteries that can work in grid outage. They mention an investment of $275 for the SPS hardware, which does not include the Sunny Boy inverter.SMA Energy system - Backup Use Case

Now, for those customers focusing on energy management that would also like to expand their utility-independent operating capability, the SMA Energy System has the nearly identical Backup Lite feature! The main difference is that the 2,000W is available as long as the battery has energy.

Going even further, the SMA Energy System for whole home backup has the Automatic Backup Unit accessory for the Sunny Boy Storage.  This setup allows homeowners to power larger 240VAC loads and have access to all of their PV system’s output, without the utility grid.

This means that the customer used as an example on the video has an additional option. As the SMA Energy System is AC-coupled, it can be retrofitted into already existing PV systems, and these are not limited to SMA PV systems.  With the PV able to cover loads and recharge the battery, many hours of utility-independent run time are achievable.

Don’t wait for another storm threat to get ready. Visit our website for the latest information on SMA’s residential solar and storage solutions!

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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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