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

SMA, Tigo offer new unit just for module-level rapid-shutdown

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SMA and Tigo have announced support of a new SunSpec compatible module-level rapid shutdown unit, the TS4-F (Fire Safety). The solution joins the current TS4 platform with a focus on emergency responder safety. It uses proven MLPE technology from SMA and Tigo to provide a rapid shutdown compliant platform, strictly focused on NEC compliance.

Two options

Tigo and SMA are offering two options for installation: The TS4-F is integrated into a smart module. The TS4-R-F retrofits a regular standard module with a module-level rapid shutdown device and is available through SMA.

“We have learned that commercial installers often need rapid shutdown capability but may see less need for optimization or module-level monitoring. Thus, they are looking for a cost-effective solution to provide the necessary safety functions,” said Nick Morbach, executive vice president of SMA’s Residential and Commercial Business Unit. “The new TS4-F and TS4-R-F units in combination with our SunSpec compatible string inverters will meet their needs, offering a high-quality option to comply with the NEC 2017 rapid shutdown requirements.”

The new rapid shutdown solution is a cost-effective way to fulfill UL 1741, NEC 2014, and NEC 2017 requirements – especially the stricter requirements for inside the array boundary 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 significantly reduce installation time.

The full system safety is enhanced by the integration with SMA’s arc fault detection (AFCI). They join SMA’s portfolio of products that comply with rapid shutdown requirements, including the Power+ Solution and the Rapid Shutdown System.

“We value SMA’s collaboration to offer this solution for residential and commercial installers,” said Zvi Alon, CEO of Tigo Energy. “We are confident that the safety features and cost-effectiveness of the TS4 platform will meet the needs of many customers.”

SMA is planning for its U.S. string inverter portfolio to be fully SunSpec Rapid Shutdown compliant in time for customers to meet the module-level rapid shutdown requirements of NEC 2017, which will become mandatory in most states by January 1, 2019.

— Solar Builder magazine

Sunrun selects SMA America as inverter supplier for residential solar projects

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SMA America has officially entered into a purchase agreement with Sunrun, one of the top residential solar installers in the industry, to be a key supplier for its residential PV solutions.

“We are honored and excited to enter into this long-term partnership with Sunrun,” said Pierre-Pascal Urbon, CEO of SMA Solar Technology AG. “SMA is committed to building on its reliable Sunny Boy-US line of inverters and developing the best possible technology for the residential market, which continues to be an essential component of the U.S. solar industry. We look forward to providing everything from smart inverters to home energy management and residential storage solutions for Sunrun and its customers.”

SMA will supply Sunrun with Sunny Boy-US inverters, SMA’s Power+ Solution and Sunny Boy Storage-US inverters as one of several preferred inverter vendors.

“Residential solar and storage will increasingly become a key contributor to America’s future energy system. As households adopt our Brightbox home battery service, we want to ensure they are enabled with the industry-leading and smart technology,” said Lynn Jurich, Sunrun Chief Executive Officer and co-founder. “Sunrun selected SMA as a key supplier because of its long history of reliable and high-quality products, as well as the company’s ongoing pursuit of the best and most advanced inverter technology.”

In recent months, SMA has unveiled several new developments in residential solar technology. For example, all Sunny Boy inverters are now equipped with SMA Smart Connected, a new, state-of-the-art service technology for automatic monitoring. Additionally, the Power+ Solution combines the proven Sunny Boy-US inverter with the TS4-R Module Level Power Electronics (MLPE) to create a solution that cost-effectively optimizes residential PV systems and ensures higher energy yields. And, using intelligent inverter technology with Sunny Boy-US inverters and Sunny Boy Storage inverters, SMA can create smart homes where homeowners can produce and manage their energy to match their needs. SMA has also remained a pioneer for safety and reliability, having its Sunny Boy-US line of inverters certified to the latest UL 1741 SA standard ahead of state requirements.

— Solar Builder magazine

SMA’s utility-scale storage inverters now all UL-listed

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SMA just announced two new power classes for its utility-scale storage product portfolio. Now available, the Sunny Central Storage 2750-EV-US for 1,500 V projects has achieved UL 62109 listing, and the Sunny Central Storage 2475-US for 1,000 V projects has achieved UL 1741 listing. Other products in the line-up, including the Sunny Central Storage 2200-US and the 2500-EV-US, achieved UL listing earlier this year.

“With a complete utility-scale storage product portfolio, SMA can create customized storage solutions to meet the challenges of individual projects, using advanced technology and a full power class lineup for 1,000 V and 1,500 V applications,” said Volker Wachenfeld, executive vice president of SMA’s Off-grid and Storage Business Unit. “As storage becomes increasingly important in today’s energy market, we are committed to offering the most advanced technology to our customers.”

The Sunny Central Storage inverter is the central component of SMA’s solution for integration of large-scale battery storage systems into the utility grid while ensuring maximum grid stability.

Sunny Central Storage inverters are compatible with different types of battery technologies, including those from all leading manufacturers. The inverter offers comprehensive grid management services such as automatic frequency control and ramp-rate control. The battery inverter is optimized for continuous operation at nominal load and temperatures of -25˚ C to +50˚ C and is also available as a medium-voltage block solution from SMA.

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

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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