Service Tip: How to connect a Sunny Boy inverter with built-in WiFi to a local wireless network


There are many benefits for connecting your Sunny Boy inverter to the internet, such as real-time monitoring, remote fault diagnosis, easy access to SMA online platforms, among many others. New generation Sunny Boy inverters now come equipped with built-in WiFi and an Ethernet port for monitoring.

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Does Solar Energy Make Sense in Alaska?


Top managers in Germany like to toss around the phrase, “growing pineapple in Alaska.” Among them is former RWE CEO Jürgen Großmann, who has joked that subsidizing solar energy is equally unlikely. Although nobody is actually growing pineapple in Alaska yet, solar energy is gaining ground in that remote U.S. state.

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‘Your mobile phone has all kinds of media.
We’ll see the same with PV’


5 MINUTES with Pierre-Pascal Urbon of SMA Solar Technology. Pierre Pascal Urbon, chief executive at Europe’s largest inverter maker, SMA Solar Technology, talked to Recharge at InterSolar Europe. The solar industry is increasingly embracing electric storage as an important growth market. Urbon stressed how the interconnectivity of PV with other energy sources and consumers is changing his company, and thinks an emphasis on cybersecurity is giving SMA a competitive advantage.

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The Oxford Ecohouse: From 1990s Solar Dream to Storage Generation


Sue Roaf is a solar pioneer. Despite facing opposition from the energy industry at the time and being told by the Government that it would never work “because there is not enough sunshine in Britain”, she has the first grid connected roof integrated PV in the UK in 1995. She has been at the heart of the solar revolution over the last 20 years. In 2016, she decided to upgrade her PV-installation which still worked perfectly to include storage. We sat down with her to ask a few questions.

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Turkey as a PV Country:
Major Potential—Major Challenges


Plenty of sun, lots of space and high demand for energy as well as a boost from the government. In Turkey, the solar industry is really starting to gain momentum. Growth of 600 MW or more is anticipated in 2016. However, the industry is still in the early stages, and this is difficult, particularly because of the frequently changing authorization requirements, regulations and approving parties. Valerio Natalizia, Regional Manager South Europe is right at the heart of the developments. He explains the most important points from SMA’s point of view.

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SMA at Intersolar 2016


For all of you who didn’t manage to visit the Intersolar Europe 2016: Here are some impressions from our booth.

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New Sunny Boy: Saving on Energy Costs with 100% Peace of Mind


At Intersolar in Munich, SMA presented the new and completely reworked Sunny Boy inverter family. The new inverter solution in the 3.0/3.6/4.0/5.0 kW power classes not only enables up to 30% savings on energy costs in private households, it also includes a complete service package.

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Flexible Module Level Power Optimization with SMA and Tigo Energy

With the smart module technology TS4, SMA and Tigo Energy for the first time offer PV system operators to equip individual PV modules with additional functions. For example, when trees or dormers cause partial shading, only the modules that are affected need to be equipped with an optimizer.

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A first look: The MVPS for the New Generation 1,500V PV Power Plants


Equipped with two Sunny Central 2500-EV inverters the new Medium Voltage Power Station is ready for use in utility-scale PV power plants worldwide. Boris Wolff, Executive Vice President of the Business Unit Utility at SMA, takes you on a tour around and inside the turnkey Medium Voltage Power Station, which offers highest efficiency at a low specific price.

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The SMA Flexible Storage System With the Mercedes-Benz Energy Storage


An ever increasing number of manufacturers with high brand recognition are offering solutions for decentralized power supply. One of them is Daimler AG. The automobile group has even recently established a separate subsidiary for the development and sales of its stationary energy storage units, Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH. The company’s “new star”, a battery storage system which can be seamlessly integrated into the SMA Flexible Storage System, attracted much interest at Intersolar Europe.

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ees Award Goes to Sunny Boy Storage: “Cost-Effective Solution for Storing Self-Generated Electricity”


The Sunny Boy Storage 2.5 for high-voltage batteries did not only win the ees award Intersolar Europe, it also drew a lot of attention at the SMA booth. The AC-coupled battery inverter is suitable for new PV systems as well as for retrofit storage integration in private households.

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Service Tip: How to change grid parameters for SMA inverters in Sunny Explorer


One of the most important steps during the commissioning process is connecting the inverter to the grid.  For the inverter to be suitable for the local grid, the correct country standards must be selected. However, in some areas, customized grid settings of the inverter need to be configured to meet the special requirements of the local utility grid. Wrong grid settings can cause inverters to frequently cut off or affect the stability of the local grid. SMA inverters have flexible grid settings which can easily be changed via Sunny Explorer. Your SMA inverter can easily meet the requirements from local grid providers and have a stable grid connection at the same time.

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