Australia has a target to source 20 per cent of our electricity from renewable sources by the year 2020. The Renewable Energy Target (RET) was developed to drive the deployment of at least 41,000 GWh of renewable electricity by 2020 to meet the 20 per cent target.
Poland is probably one of the last EU countries just starting to explore PV. The hours of sunshine are very similar to Germany and with its size of 312,679 km2, and population of 38,000,000 people, the country’s potential is huge.
A large number of tourists have been aware for quite some time that sunshine is a guarantee in Thailand. This is true because the Kingdom is located in the Earth’s Sunbelt, with the most solar irradiation located in the Northeast of the country. Therefore, it is no surprise that the company Solar Power set up 36 PV systems with a total output of 288 MW in Thailand—supplied with SMA inverters. This most recent PV system, with an output of 7.46 MW, was commissioned in the province of Surin and is aptly named “Surin2.” In total, 670 Sunny Boy inverters were installed on a surface of 100 hectares and a contract on extended warranties of up to 20 years was concluded.
Summer is fast approaching and though that means more hours of sunshine, for most of the U.S. it also means hot days and plenty of them. A well-known fact about PV arrays is that as temperature rises, system voltage drops and can fall dangerously close to the lower edge of the Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) window.
SMA’s Technical Service Engineer Gilbert Jin takes you through a quick overview of the Cluster Controller. He explains which ports are responsible for which sensors and grid management specifications, runs through the interface of the device, and then looks at the web interface of the Cluster Controller.
Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, Japan – there are PV systems all over the world. If you are interested in reference examples from your region, check out our website. There you’ll find a selection of exciting PV systems, each with photos, background information on the system, partners and a downloadable PDF.
You can search on the world map or alphabetically with photos, and filter your selection by categories like Medium Power Solutions, Power Plant Solutions and Hybrid Energy Solutions.
Have fun browsing!
PS: If you are planning projects of your own in your country, write to Sales@SMA.de. Our colleagues will be happy to advise you.
Turning crisis into opportunity: Despite the fact that the installation of new PV systems has dropped by several megawatts, a new and promising trend known as revamping has developed in Italy.
Got a Sunny WebBox that’s ready to configure?
Solar Academy trainer Mike Mahon demonstrates how to download and run the Sunny WebBox Assistant to remotely configure a Sunny WebBox. Step-by-step instructions show how to create and save a system monitoring profile and how to send it wirelessly to the Sunny WebBox.
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Charles and I both attended a four-day off-grid workshop held by The Australian Solar Council. We travelled to a site about an hour’s drive east of Melbourne to a small co-operative community. The workshop focused on off-grid systems, PV system design, battery sizing and load profiling. Here is our story.