SMA America’s residential storage inverter is now shipping

SMA America‘s AC-coupled solution for residential energy storage and management, the Sunny Boy Storage-US inverter, is now shipping.

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“The Sunny Boy Storage-US offers intelligent residential energy storage and is equipped with outstanding features and functions to reduce future electricity bills,” said Nick Morbach, executive vice president for SMA’s Residential and Commercial business unit. “Combined with our other residential offerings, including the Power+ Solution, and equipped SMA Smart Connected, this solution will be a significant component for holistic home energy management with SMA.”

Using an AC coupled architecture, the Sunny Boy Storage 3.8-US/5.0-US/6.0-US offers a simple, flexible platform for new and existing PV systems that is compatible with high-voltage battery manufacturers, such as BYD and other leading brands.

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Up to three high-voltage batteries can be connected to a single Sunny Boy Storage-US, which gives maximum flexibility by using different storage capacities, even from different battery brands, in parallel. The concept is future-proof, allowing installers to add more battery capacity at any time. Energy management features make it possible for the inverter to mitigate demand charges as well as time-of-use pricing, offering homeowners maximum savings. The SMA Automatic Backup Unit, which allows use of backup power and is rated for 200 Amp service, is now available in conjunction with the Sunny Boy Storage-US.

Another key feature of the solution is Secure Power Supply, which enables up to 2,000 W of convenience power during the day or night in the event of a grid outage. Installers who are interested in purchasing a Sunny Boy Storage-US may contact an SMA Authorized Distributor.

— Solar Builder magazine

Meet SMA’s Sunny Highpower PEAK3 inverter — a scalable 1,500 Vdc option for large-scale projects

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SMA America‘s new Sunny Highpower PEAK3 inverter is now available for ordering in North America and will begin shipping in the first quarter of 2019. Designed for larger distributed generation and utility-scale projects, the Sunny Highpower PEAK3 can be used as modular building block for deveoplers in need of a scalable 1,500 VDC solution for large-scale ground mounted solar installations.

“The utility-scale PV market is evolving and demanding more flexibility and scalability,” said Nick Morbach, executive vice president of SMA’s Residential and Commercial business unit. “At the same time, our customers are looking for more cost-effective solutions for behind-the-meter distributed generation projects. The Sunny Highpower PEAK3 delivers on both of these needs. SMA continues to develop industry-leading technology that will provide its customers with more options for their PV projects.”

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The Sunny Highpower PEAK3 is available in two models. The 125 kW / 480 VAC version can be used for interconnection to standard behind-the-meter commercial services, and the 150 kW / 600 VAC version offers a cost-effective solution for large projects with dedicated interconnection. The Sunny Highpower PEAK3 extends and complements SMA’s full portfolio of utility-scale solutions, which includes both kitted and turnkey central inverter solutions, allowing customers to choose the appropriate option based on their preferred system design, integration practices and specific project requirements.

Sunny Highpower PEAK3 inverters are eligible for the SMA Smart Connected service, which offers proactive monitoring and O&M support that reduces plant servicing time and costs while maximizing system uptime, energy yield and ROI. Plant communications with the inverter are supported by the SMA Data Manager powered by ennexOS, SMA’s cross-sector energy management platform, providing an optimized interface for plant commissioning as well as intelligent monitoring and controls required in large-scale PV systems.

For more info on the newest inverters on the market download our free 2018 Inverter Buyer’s Guide

— Solar Builder magazine

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.

For more info on the newest inverters on the market download our free 2018 Inverter Buyer’s Guide

— Solar Builder magazine

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.

For more info on the latest in inverter monitoring trends, download our free 2018 Inverter Buyer’s Guide

— Solar Builder magazine

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.”

— Solar Builder magazine