SMA America offers Sunny Tripower CORE1 inverter in two new commercial power classes

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SMA America has new comprehensive commercial solar solutions now available for ordering. SMA’s popular Sunny Tripower CORE1 inverter is getting an upgrade with two new power classes. In addition to the currently available 50-kW CORE1 model, a new higher power 62.5-kW model is optimized for large projects utilizing higher efficiency modules, and a 33-kW model will be available for projects with smaller or highly segmented arrays as well as 600 V repowering projects.

All three models of the CORE1 will be upgraded with SMA’s latest performance and safety technologies. The new CORE1 series will include advanced smart inverter capabilities to fulfill utility grid support interconnection requirements, as well as SMA’s next-generation DC AFCI technology for compliance to the new UL 1699B standard for arc-fault protection.

The CORE1’s industry leading safety features will be further enhanced with support for the new SunSpec Power Line Communication (PLC) signal for module-level rapid shutdown — a communications interoperability specification developed by the SunSpec consortium of industry stakeholders. Based on this industry standard, the Sunny Tripower CORE1 combined with SMA’s new TS4-F module-level device provide a reliable, cost-effective solution to achieve compliance with 2017 NEC module-level rapid shutdown requirements in commercial rooftop systems.

New Data Manager

To digitize commercial energy management and bring greater energy independence to system owners, SMA recently introduced a new, future-proof generation of monitoring and control solutions with the Data Manager M. In combination with Sunny Portal powered by ennexOS, an Internet-of-things (IoT) platform that manages all energy generation sources and data on a single platform, the Data Manager M is the ideal solution for commercial system owners and operators. It optimizes communication, monitoring and control of decentralized PV systems, and with a new, highly efficient user interface, the Data Manager M simplifies system configuration and commissioning. The ennexOS energy management platform recently won the smarter E AWARD given out for the first time at Intersolar Europe 2018 in Munich.

New monitoring and service support

Finally, SMA is pleased to introduce SMA Smart Connected for its commercial inverter solutions. SMA Smart Connected is a proactive monitoring and service support solution that saves integrators time and money while increasing system performance and simplifying O&M. It automatically detects and diagnoses plant-wide events and initiates corrective actions or repair activities, reducing truck rolls and saving commercial system integrators and owners up to $6 million in service costs across the lifetime of a 100 MW portfolio.

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SMA debuts new monitoring, control platform — Data Manager M

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As the future of energy management becomes today’s reality, SMA is investing in efforts to digitize commercial energy management and bring greater energy independence to customers. The company has introduced a new, future-proof generation of monitoring and control solutions with the Data Manager M.

In combination with Sunny Portal powered by ennexOS, an IoT platform that manages all energy generation sources and data on a single platform, the Data Manager M is the ideal solution for commercial system owners and operators alike. It optimizes communication, monitoring and control of decentralized PV systems for up to 50 devices, and with a new, highly efficient user interface, the Data Manager M is easy to set up and commission. The modular design allows for a gradual expansion of the integrated functions for new business models in the energy market of the future.

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SMA Utility Power Rack solution comes pre-assembled, possible 40 percent cost savings

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SMA is now taking orders for its Utility Power Rack 5000/5500, a highly integrated, turnkey solution that offers up to 40 percent integration cost savings over alternative solutions. It is completely pre-assembled for easy set up and commissioning, reducing time-consuming labor processes in the field and minimizing installation risk.

Compatible with both Sunny Central and Sunny Central Storage 2500-EV(-US) and 2750-EV(-US) inverters, the Utility Power Rack is the ideal building block for large-scale PV plants. It offers true 1,500 V technology, which means more reliable stack design and long-term, trouble-free operation. The design is based on more than 10 GW of field-proven Sunny Central inverters in North America, and is backed by more than 35 years and 65 GW of proven experience from SMA globally—meaning reduced risk for PV plant investments.

The Utility Power Rack can be used with multiple storage options from SMA, providing a standardized process for integrators who are working on both PV and storage projects. It also includes a multitude of configurable options to meet the needs of any plant.

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“This newest solution sits atop SMA’s North American utility-scale portfolio and enables faster installation and reduced labor costs, as well as the flexibility to integrate storage,” said Boris Wolff, executive vice president for SMA’s Utility business unit. “By making all critical connections in the factory rather than in the field, we further reduce risk during the installation process.”

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Details on 7.5-MW solar project at Sacramento International Airport

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The Sacramento International Airport (SMF) added 7.9 MW of solar energy generation across two sites: A 15-acre plot near the airport’s economy parking lot, and a 20-acre location north of the runway. Borrego Solar, a top commercial solar company that specializes in designing and constructing solar and energy storage projects, constructed the project with financing from NRG, which will own and operate the facility. NRG will sell electricity to SMF under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

The SMF project consists of two SMA Sunny Central 2200-US inverters integrated with a Medium-Voltage Block, and three Sunny Central 800 CP-US inverters.

“We are pleased to partner with Borrego Solar to bring renewable energy to the Sacramento International Airport, which holds special meaning because our U.S. headquarters is located in the Sacramento region,” said Jim Crossen, general manager for SMA America. “With Sunny Central inverters delivering reliable, robust performance, we are confident that the airport –and those who utilize it –will see the benefits of solar energy.”

The system will offset 30 percent of SMF’s electricity use, providing cost savings of up to $850,000 per year over the 25-year PPA, and will also help the airport achieve environmental leadership in the region.

“SMA is a valuable partner, and we were glad to utilize the company’s exceptional technology and local expertise for this PV system,” said Aaron Hall, president of Borrego Solar Systems. “With the Sunny Central’s reliable performance and power production, we are confident the airport will see great savings with it solar investment.”

The project was completed and commissioned in December 2017.

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SMA America further simplifies its Power+ MLPE inverter solution

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With speed as a top priority for solar professionals in today’s market, SMA has revealed an improved Power+ Solution, which builds on SMA’s MLPE solution to provide even more speed and simplicity. The UL-listed Power+ Solution, which the company claims is the fastest residential PV system to install, is currently available through its Authorized Distributor network.

“With the introduction of the improved Power+ Solution, we are addressing the need to accelerate and simplify the installation process,” said Nick Morbach, executive vice president of SMA’s Residential and Commercial Business Unit. “This includes fewer components, reduced labor and a single, simple monitoring platform. We are excited to introduce this next-generation solution to solar installers.”

One of the most significant improvements to the Power+ Solution is a major reduction in system components within a new Rooftop Communication Kit. This means faster installation, fewer potential points of failure throughout the system, and less equipment to service.

Additionally, a single plug-and-play communication connection speeds installation and reduces labor. The new Power+ Solution offers 50% faster commissioning within Sunny Portal, which was ranked the number one monitoring platform worldwide by GTM Research in 2017. SMA was also ranked number one in residential monitoring and energy management in 2017 by Navigant Research.

The Power+ Solution now also features SMA Smart Connected, a proactive service solution that can decrease truck rolls, lengthy service calls and system downtime, saving installers time and money and maximizing a homeowner’s power production.

Solar professionals looking for technical training can attend The New Speed of Solar Tour, where they will receive valuable instruction and gain access to SMA personnel. Installers will also benefit from training provided by solar sales and design expert Aurora Solar at select stops.

— Solar Builder magazine