Solar Power WorldAugust 1, 20191343
SMA now offers the SMA Energy System Home to the U.S. residential market. The SMA Energy System Home represents the company’s most complete offering for North America to date, delivering value to homeowners through backup power and energy management functionality, and simplicity to solar installers with a complete, single-sourced solution for residential energy storage.
The SMA Energy System Home includes a Sunny Boy 6.0-US battery inverter and a 10-kWh battery from BYD. The solar-powered system is available in two variants. The first includes the fully integrated Automatic Backup Unit, which simplifies installation for backup use cases. Whole-home backup can quickly and easily be achieved, or specific loads can be identified and protected.
The second variant is for users exclusively focused on home energy management. This allows users to optimize rates and power consumption, as well as participate in unique markets, like Hawaii, with zero export grid requirements. Furthermore, even systems designed for energy management come with SMA’s exclusive Backup Lite feature, which allows users to access 2,000 watts of available solar power via a manual switch.
“The SMA Energy System Home is capable of delivering more backup solar power and usable solar energy than any other alternatives on the market,” said Nick Morbach, executive VP of home and business solutions at SMA. “The solar-powered system offers multiple options for whole-home backup solar power and solar energy optimization, so homeowners can achieve energy security and peace of mind. Thanks to it’s AC-coupled design, solar installers additionally benefit from reduced customer acquisition costs by generating new business with their existing customer base.”
The SMA Energy System Home provides across-the-board efficiencies and logistical simplicity for installers and distributors. Sourcing all components from a single supplier simplifies service and support while comprehensive offerings allow for the most trouble-free installation and commissioning. Up to three high-voltage batteries can be connected to a single Sunny Boy Storage-US, simplifying solar panel installation, reducing labor and cutting balance-of-system costs.
Unlike most storage solar-powered systems that are limited to installation in conjunction with new photovoltaic cells, the AC coupled architecture allows for new photovoltaic cells or retrofit solar panel installations. Solar energy benefits can now leverage their existing clientele and provide additional benefits with a storage solution that can be added at any time.
The solar-powered system pairs with the Sunny Portal PV monitoring platform to monitor and control home energy usage. Further value is delivered by SMA Smart Connected, a proactive service solution that comes standard with the SMA Energy System Home. Smart Connected ensures that uptime is maximized for the homeowner while service truck rolls for solar installers can be cut in half.
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