SMA America roadshow to feature new Sunny Boy Storage-US inverter concept

Sunny Boy Storage

SMA America is hitting the road starting in November to showcase the new Sunny Boy Storage-US residential solution. The tour will begin November 1 and will make stops in 13 cities along the East Coast, West Coast and Texas, partnering with Authorized Distributors to host the events. SMA will also be accompanied by special guest LG Chem for additional training.

The Sunny Boy Storage Tour will provide partners with a firsthand look at the new Sunny Boy Storage-US inverter, SMA’s solution for residential energy storage and management. Using an AC coupled architecture, the Sunny Boy Storage offers a simple, flexible platform for new and existing PV systems that is compatible with many leading high-voltage battery brands.

The Sunny Boy Storage Tour will also feature training from LG Chem on its RESU solution for residential energy storage. Joint training from SMA and LG Chem will provide a valuable opportunity for installers to learn more about residential energy storage.

The Sunny Boy Storage Tour schedule includes the following stops:

• November 1: Boston, Mass., with BayWa r.e.
• November 2: Secaucus, N.J., with Allied Building Products
• November 3: Pennsauken, N.J., with Krannich
• November 7: Orlando, Fla., with GEXPRO
• November 9: Austin, Texas, with GEXPRO
• November 14: Honolulu, Hawaii, with WESCO
• November 15: Honolulu, Hawaii, with Inter-Island Solar Supply
• November 16: Kahului, Hawaii, with Inter-Island Solar Supply
• November 28: Phoenix, Ariz., with IES
• November 30: San Diego, Calif., with CED Greentech
• December 1: Anaheim, Calif., with WESCO
• December 5: Fresno, Calif., with WESCO
• December 6: Petaluma, Calif., with Soligent
• December 7: Rocklin, Calif., with BayWa r.e.

Those who attend an event will be eligible for NABCEP continuing education credits.

— Solar Builder magazine

SMA looks to higher power yields with Sunny Central inverter updates

SMA central inverter

SMA is now taking orders for its Sunny Central 2750-EV-US inverter. With 10 percent more power than previous models, the Sunny Central 2750-EV-US is SMA’s solution for maximum power density and integration. Following closely behind the Sunny Central 2500-EV-US, which was the first utility-scale inverter to be listed to the UL 62109 standard, the Sunny Central 2750-EV-US has also achieved UL 62109 listing — ensuring customers that it meets the highest quality and safety standards in the industry.

“The new, larger power class of the Sunny Central 2750-EV-US will help further reduce installation costs, and it builds on our experience with 1,500 V technology for large-scale power plants. In addition, the UL 62109 listing ensures that our customers can count on the highest quality and safety available.”

Utilizing SMA’s field-proven central inverter technology with minor component changes, this solution will result in higher power yields and lower specific costs. With superior stack design, the Sunny Central 2750-EV-US offers true 1,500 V technology for maximum reliability.

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With fewer system components, installation and commissioning of the Sunny Central 2750-EV-US are fast and simple. It can be used as a standalone solution, but is also ready for integration into the SMA Medium Voltage Power Station with the DC Combiner, Medium Voltage switchgear and Power Plant Controller for a complete utility solution. The Sunny Central 2750-EV-US also includes SMA’s unique OptiCool™ precision cooling technology for the most intelligent and efficient cooling, creating additional OPEX savings and contributing to the lowest cost of ownership in utility-scale PV.

— Solar Builder magazine

Details on new commercial rapid shutdown solution coming from SMA, Tigo

SMA tigo

SMA and Tigo have announced a new rapid shutdown solution for the commercial market, which will be available in the second half of 2018.

“Since we introduced the Power+ Solution, we have received feedback from installers who are looking for a more cost-optimized way to achieve rapid shutdown in commercial installations,” said Nick Morbach, executive vice president of SMA’s Residential and Commercial Business Unit. “This new offering gives our commercial customers an SMA branded option to comply with the NEC 2017 rapid shutdown requirement, and gives them the specific functionality they need.”

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The new rapid shutdown solution will fulfill UL 1741, NEC 2014 and NEC 2017 requirements – particularly the stricter module-level shutdown requirements that will be effective in January 2019. It will be compatible with the power line-based SunSpec Communication Signal for Rapid Shutdown, making it simple and robust. Using the existing DC wires between the inverter and module-level electronics as a communication channel will drastically reduce installation time. Mechanically, it will be compatible with Tigo’s existing TS4 platform.

The product will offer outstanding system safety thanks to full integration with SMA’s world-leading AFCI function. It joins SMA’s portfolio of products that comply with rapid shutdown requirements, including the Power+ Solution and the Rapid Shutdown System.

“We are pleased to work with SMA to develop an option that meets the needs of commercial installers,” said Zvi Alon, CEO of Tigo Energy. “The rapid shutdown solution will be compatible with a variety of modules, and we anticipate that commercial integrators will widely adopt the module-integrated platform.”

— Solar Builder magazine

SMA hosting utility-scale solar, storage forum during SPI 2017

utility-scale storage

Following large-scale storage forums in San Francisco and Kassel, Germany, as well as several smaller storage events worldwide, SMA will host another forum in Las Vegas during Solar Power International. The Utility-Scale Storage & PV Forum is geared toward solar professionals focused on utility-scale storage and solar, and will highlight cutting-edge solutions for utility-scale projects. The event will take place Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at the Excalibur Hotel & Casino.

“Our customers and stakeholders are eager to discuss utility-scale solutions with integrated storage and learn more about today’s evolving solar market,” said John Susa, executive vice president of sales for SMA America. “The upcoming forum in Las Vegas will be a great opportunity for discussion and education about the current landscape.”

Topics to be covered during the program include challenges and solutions for high-penetration PV networks, the value and uses cases for storage and how to achieve maximum ROI. It will also will highlight SMA’s full power class lineup of UL listed storage solutions for 1,000 and 1,500 V applications.

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. Seats are limited, and early registration is encouraged.

Head here to register.

— Solar Builder magazine

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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— Solar Builder magazine