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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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SMA Repowering Brings Utility PV Plant Impacted by Hurricane Maria Back in Business

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was the costliest and deadliest on record. Hurricane María, a category five storm, was especially catastrophic for the northeastern region of the Caribbean. As the eye passed south of the island, the hurricane severely affected St. Croix USVI, bringing heavy rainfall, flooding and hurricane-force winds.

BMR Utility PV Plant, St. Croix USVI

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Solar Spotlight: False Bay School Goes Solar With the Best in Class

Diesel generators that ran for 12 hours a day powered the school located on Lasqueti Island in British Columbia, Canada, from its construction in 1953 until 2016, when a community effort turned a solar dream into reality.

False Bay School Goes Solar With the Best in Class

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Solar Spotlight – Islas Secas: Unmatched Sustainable Tourism Model in Panama

Sustainability and stewardship are noticeable in the facilities, infrastructure and operation of Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge, where visitors enjoy the timeless natural beauty and ecological abundance of Panama’s Pacific Coast. At this pristine location, the sun generates the energy and SMA inverters power the facilities.

Islas Secas: Unmatched Sustainable Tourism Model in Panama

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Solar Spotlight: Utility Solar Project in Riverside County, California, will Have Enormous Impact on Preservation of Natural Resources

Sunpin Solar, who earned Solar Power World’s distinction as a 2018 Top Five Solar Developer in the United States, constructed the ground-mounted project in Mecca, California.

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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.

Mary Pickford Theatre

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Solar Spotlight: Minturn Huller Co-Op Goes Nuts for Solar

Sustainability is key for the almond industry. Minturn Huller Co-Op, an almond hulling and shelling facility in Merced County, California, decided solar was the way to go to reduce energy costs while protecting the environment.

Minturn Huller

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Solar Spotlight: CORE1 Inverters in Action With Pickett Solar

SMA is thrilled to see that its award-winning CORE1 inverters are officially making it into the field, and Pickett Solar is among the first to install the groundbreaking commercial inverter! The CORE1 is the world’s first free-standing PV inverter, and offers 60% faster installation.

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SMA Inverters Powering First Shopping Mall in Mexico to Use 100 Percent Renewable Energy

The Plaza Arcos Campestre is Mexico’s first shopping center to use renewables for all of its energy needs. The project, located in the city of Aguascalientes in North-Central Mexico, uses six SMA Sunny Tripower 170000 TL inverters and is part of a distributed energy trend in the country.

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Bay Area food distributor gets distributed solar

SMA Solar Spotlight Vista Solar

Management at Fremont, California’s First World Asian Trading, a food distribution company with roots in the Bay Area for more than 30 years, had set their minds on solar power for sustainability. Sustainability of their electrical costs and financial strength, that is.

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Big-time solar in Big Sky, Montana

SMA Solar Spotlight - OnSite Power

Mere weeks before the winter solstice, OnSite Energy of Bozeman, Montana flipped the switch on its latest installation. The 8.1 kW solar system came to life and, with it, an excited customer joyously waiting for the long days of summer.

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