Call (888) 338-0183 or click here for solar pricing


SMA Sunny Portal goes mobile

Customers are getting used to monitoring the performance of their solar electric system with SMA inverters and a webbox on their computer screens. But how about those people who live the on the go lifestyle that want to keep up to date of how much electricity their solar panels are producing? If you have a SMA SunnyBoy Inverter with a webbox, your inverter’s data is uploaded to the SunnyPortal via the Internet. Recently, SMA launched their “mobile friendly” version of the SunnyPortal that you can access from your cell phone’s web browser. I think this is great offering that SMA brings to their table because it increases the customer experience of owning a solar electric system by being connected to the system anytime the owner wishes. Also people are more willing to talk about their system to others if they can bring the data with them and show other customers. Would you check on your solar panels from your cell...

Read More

SMA offers greater support for 100 amp services

SMA is taking customer feedback and making proactive changes in their product line to serve customers even better. Recently the company modified their Sunyboy SB4000US inverter to be compatible with 100amp residential electric services. The current output on the SB4000US grid tie inverter has been reduced to 16 amps to comply with the NEC (national electric code) to provide more flexibility to installers to work on a 100 amp service. Most homes in the U.S. have at least a 200amp service, although many older homes are stuck with a 100 amp service which can be costly and time consuming to upgrade. Having a 100 amp service can create a barrier to install a solar array between 3 or 4 kilowatts. With the modifications made by SMA to the SB4000US grid tie inverter, customers on a 100 amp service now have greater options on the size of solar array they can install using a SMA inverters. The modified SB4000US inverters compatible with 100 amp services have to be special ordered since they are modified when the order has been...

Read More

SMA Sunny Webbox – Visualize your performance

Typically once a solar power system owner installs solar panels, they get enjoyment of seeing their meter spin backwards. Although more system owners these days want more detailed output of how the solar power systems are performing. Customers who have purchased a SMA grid tie inverter have an easy option to add detailed performance monitoring through an add on device called the SMA Sunny Webbox. The Sunny Webbox can interface with up to 50 SMA grid tie inverters which connects to the internet through your router and uploads performance data to the free Sunny Portal. Historical data is also recorded on the Sunny Portal therefore installers and system owners can keep an eye on the system from anywhere in the world to make sure the solar panels are operating most efficiently. The internet is a great place to share information and critical data such as a solar power system performance should be easy to access, analyze and share to extend the experience of a solar power system after the installation is complete. The data can be access through any standard web browser, which is great because it will work on all types of operating systems. The Sunny Webbox connects to your SMA Sunny Boy through a RS485 cable and gives the solar power system owner the ability to remotely configure the...

Read More

SMA Windy Boy: Grid Tie Wind Turbines

SMA is known for its world class grid tie inverters for solar panels and is a very popular inverter that is trusted on many solar electric systems around the world. SMA Windy Boy product line offers a solution to grid tie small scale wind generators from their 700u model that can handle wind turbines that are rated a couple hundred watts to the Windy Boy 7000US which is the highest capacity grid tie wind power inverter offered by SMA. The SMA Windy Boy runs on the same technology as its sister inverter the SMA Sunny Boy, there is a special version of software on the Windy Boy’s Central Processing Unit (CPU) that allows the Windy Boy to be compatible with a wind turbine. The neat aspect of grid tie inverters is they use the grid as a battery, therefore it greatly simplifies the installation process, reduces overall maintenance, and reduces costs of installing wind or solar panels. The Windy Boy is UL certified and has a five year warranty, the Windy Boy is completely modular meaning you can scale a wind power system’s capacity up as your budget increases in the...

Read More

Day One: Solar Power International 2008 Exhibits

Recap of interesting solar power products we saw today at Solar Power International Conference in San Diego, CA. Today we will cover interesting product developments that are hitting the market in the near future. Sanyo Electric has decided to increase the cell size to 5 inches compared their previous version of the HIT solar panels which had a cell size of 3 inches, this means Sanyo will be able to streamline their manufacturing processes to reduce costs, thus passing on the savings to the customers. For the customer, the increased cell size produces even more watts per square foot then previous models. Sanyo Electric Solar Panels are known for high efficiency and are leading the market in terms of solar panels that convert the most sunlight into electricity. Enphase, the company that makes the “micro inverter” and is developing the next generation of their mirco inverter which is claimed to make sense financially on both large scale and small solar power systems. The enphase mircoinverter is different from traditional inverters because it allocates the inveter onto each solar panel versus a string of solar panels plugged into one inverter. Having a mirco inverter behind each solar panel increases overall system efficiency, is resilient to shading issues and provides super accurate monitoring solutions that you can track on a solar panel basis. A new slim residental inverter from SMA that will include blue tooth capability for wireless system monitoring, advanced on screen monitoring and a cool red and black color. This inverter has is transformerless which means that they can pack more electronics into a slim design and still provide the same performance and realibility as previous SMA Sunny Boy models. This new inverter his still in development and more news about the product will be released soon by the company. We’ll feature more products tomorrow stay...

Read More