SMA promoting a Power + Payday rebate program for solar installers

SMA announced a new rebate program for its innovative Power+ Solution. With the Power+ Payday, residential installers can receive a $50 pre-paid debit reward card for each Power+ Solution that is installed and registered in Sunny Portal between August 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017. Quantities will not be limited.

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“The Power+ Solution is already helping installers save time and money, and now SMA has taken it to the next level by giving installers additional cash in their pockets,” said Charles Ellis, vice president of distributed sales for SMA America. “We know that solar installers appreciate fast, cost-effective and high-performing solar solutions. Power+ reduces cost and risk, delivers speed and performance, and now with the Power+ Payday program, it offers even more savings.”

Obtaining the rebate is simple. First, installers must purchase from an Authorized Distributor. Then, they just need to submit purchase information along with proof of purchase online. SMA will mail pre-paid debit reward cards directly to recipients.

SMA’s Power+ Solution is redefining what it means to optimize a residential PV system using MLPE. Combining the proven Sunny Boy-US inverter with the TS4-R Module Level Power Electronics (MLPE), the Power+ Solution cost-effectively optimizes residential PV systems and ensures higher energy yields. The solution can be applied per module for operational simplicity, or selectively for faster installation. With the Power+ Solution, integrators can choose to apply the technology in a way that optimizes ROI for their individual business model.

Installers can submit a Power+ Payday rebate claim here.

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SMA leads discussion on utility-scale solar plus storage projects

SMA America recently hosted an exclusive forum to discuss utility-scale storage & PV solutions. The event, which took place in San Francisco during Intersolar, drew a great crowd, and SMA executives talked with customers about the current utility market, opportunities for storage and SMA’s large-scale storage solution. Guests from Siemens Energy Management also presented at the event.

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And this is just the start of SMA’s road trip. Starting this month, the company is hosting a nationwide road show to showcase its Sunny Tripower CORE1 — a free-standing PV inverter for commercial installations. It 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 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

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SMA and Cypress Creek enter into 10-year Master Service Agreement

SMA America recently signed a 10-year Master Services agreement with Cypress Creek Renewables, under which it will perform inverter preventive maintenance services for a portfolio of projects, primarily located in North Carolina.

SMA O&M services

Cypress Creek is a leading solar development company. Working in close partnership with local communities, Cypress Creek develops, builds, finances and operates local solar farms across the country. Cypress Creek has operating facilities in eight states and is actively developing projects in more than a dozen states.

“We are thrilled to enter into this agreement with Cypress Creek and begin a long-term collaboration,” said Chuck Smith, executive vice president of Service for SMA. “The SMA Inverter Preventative Maintenance program goes above and beyond the manufacturer’s recommended maintenances, and proactively addresses potential inverter issues that could result in unnecessary downtime.”

Cypress Creek has grown its portfolio of solar projects while managing operation and maintenance tasks in-house. To maximize the value of its projects, Cypress Creek has selected SMA to lend its expertise in inverter technologies to manage inverter risk. This will allow SMA and Cypress Creek to leverage each other’s core competencies to maximize plant life and profitability.

SMA Service currently has more than 2.5 GW of solar assets under operation and maintenance (O&M) agreements, which are monitored from SMA’s NERC compliant Solar Monitoring Centers located in California and Germany.

Keys to inverter service: Data granularity, remote updates, customer relations

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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.

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SMA America hosting utility-scale solar, storage forum in July

SMA central inverter

SMA America is hosting a special event for solar professionals, particularly those focused on utility-scale storage and solar, that will highlight cutting-edge solutions for utility-scale projects. The Utility-scale Storage & PV Forum will take place July 12, 2017, at the Hotel Zetta in San Francisco.

The forum will address challenges and solutions for high-penetration PV networks as well as the value and uses cases for storage, and will highlight SMA’s new large-scale storage solution, the Sunny Central Storage 2500-EV-US. The program will include a wide-range of expertise presented from SMA and Siemens Energy Management Solutions.

“There is a great need for utility-scale solutions with integrated storage in today’s evolving solar mar-ket,” said John Susa, executive vice president of sales for SMA America. “We value the opportunity to discuss these topics with our customers and stakeholders, and we hope they’ll attend this forum and come away with additional knowledge and a better understanding of opportunities in the current landscape.”

The Sunny Central Storage 2500-EV-US is SMA’s power conversion system for large-scale battery stor-age systems. These systems enable the integration of large amounts of intermittent renewable ener-gy into the utility grid while maintaining grid stability. Sunny Central Storage is compatible with differ-ent types of leading battery technologies.

The forum will begin at 8:30 a.m. and run until 1:30 p.m. In addition to educational sessions, the event will provide valuable industry networking. The event is so cool and exclusive that it’s already at capacity. Be on the lookout for the next SMA

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