SMA’s free-standing commercial PV inverter CORE1 is hitting the road (here’s where to see it)

SMA America announced that the Sunny Tripower CORE1 — a free-standing PV inverter for commercial installations, has achieved UL listing and is available for purchase. The CORE1 was also recently awarded the prestigious Intersolar 2017 Award in photovoltaics, beating out other inverter manufacturers in the category.

SMA Sunny Tripower CORE1_Rooftop

SMA will host a nationwide road show beginning July 18 to showcase the innovative solution, which is designed to provide up to 60 percent faster installation for commercial PV systems – a revolutionary development for commercial rooftop, carport and ground-mount PV projects. The tour will include 17 stops throughout the U.S. and will teach installers how to install, wire and commission the CORE1.

“The current solar market is highly competitive, and industry professionals are looking for solutions that they can install quickly and efficiently – and more importantly, that they can count on to operate reliably, without extra maintenance or failure risk,” said Nick Morbach, executive vice president of SMA’s Residential & Commercial business unit. “Integrators can see firsthand the simple installation, reduced components and reliable performance of the CORE1 at one of the road show stops.”

The tour will make stops in the following cities:

July 18: Rochester, N.Y., at CED Greentech
July 19: Auburn, Mass., at CED Greentech
July 20: Cambridge, Mass., at PROINSO
July 21: Enfield, Conn., at CED Greentech
July 25: Secaucus, N.J., at Allied Building Products
July 26: Hauppage, N.Y., at WESCO
July 27: Baltimore, Md., at BayWa r.e.
July 28: Monroe, N.J. at Cooper Electric/Sonepar
August 1: Charlotte, N.C., at WESCO
August 3: Orlando, Fla., at GEXPRO
August 4: Tampa, Fla., at CED Greentech
August 8: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, at The Power Store
August 10: Austin, Texas, at GEXPRO
August 10: Rocklin, Calif., at BayWa r.e.
August 17: Phoenix, Ariz., at BayWa r.e.
August 22: San Diego, Calif., at CED San Diego
August 24: West Sacramento, Calif., at PROINSO

2017 Solar Inverter Buyer’s Guide

The CORE1 is a fully integrated solution designed specifically to speed installation and achieve higher return-on-investment. Without the need for additional racking, components or other equipment, installers will save a great deal of time and see reduced balance-of-system costs. The CORE1 features integrated AC and DC disconnects, direct string inputs and six MPP channels using SMA’s OptiTrac Global Peak technology. It also includes complete grid management capabilities.

With 50 kilowatts of power, the CORE1 is scalable and suitable for a variety of commercial installations and system designs up to the megawatt range. Field serviceability also results in significant savings. Where most commercial inverters must go back to the manufacturer for repair in the event of a fault, the CORE1 contains components that can be replaced in the field, resulting in hours of downtime instead of days — and ultimately leading to extensive OPEX savings.

— Solar Builder magazine

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