Everything You Need to Know About the New Sunny Boy 3.0–5.0 Solar Inverter

published: 2017-03-06 17:02 | editor: | category: News

What makes the successor of the world’s best-selling string inverter, the Sunny Boy TL, so special? The new Sunny Boy is more than just a PV inverter. Thanks to the first integrated SMA Smart Connected service, it’s a package that offers true ease and comfort. Find out here how this can benefit you as a PV system operator.


What’s new about the Sunny Boy 3.0–5.0?

With the new inverter, we’re making life as simple as possible—in the truest sense of the word—for everybody involved. Your solar power professional can quickly install the 16-kilogram device (only half the weight of its predecessor) and simply commission it via WLAN using a smartphone or tablet. And thanks to the first integrated SMA Smart Connected service, we provide a package that offers true ease and comfort. We spot irregularities right away, and the installer can quickly come to you to rectify the problem.

The inverter also features all the necessary interfaces and logs, enabling you to enhance your system at any time with any number of SMA solutions. After all, customers who install a PV system today might like to save even more on their electricity costs tomorrow with intelligent energy management. The EEBus standard interface already allows you to integrate many household appliances into the intelligent energy management system making it possible for you to use your self-generated solar energy even more efficiently. And by adding a storage system, you can even become completely independent from your electric utility company


What exactly is SMA Smart Connected?

Inverters are the heart of every PV system. And just as you get your heart checked regularly and professionally by the doctor, your inverter also appreciates a regular check-up to make sure it’s running smoothly. Because we have been continuously developing our inverters for over 35 years, we know them inside out. We want everyone to benefit from this, which is why we offer a free expert check as part of the SMA Smart Connected service. We monitor your inverter automatically around the clock so that you don’t need to do anything else. Any anomalies appear immediately on our screen, whereupon we analyze the problem and provide you and your installer with the corresponding diagnosis. This saves you from having to conduct time-consuming root cause analysis on your end and the installer can resolve the issue faster.

If your inverter needs replacing, we will automatically and quickly send you a new device. And if the process is not as fast as expected, we will compensate you for any yield losses. SMA Smart Connected means minimum downtimes and maximum energy yields—so that you can focus on what’s really important in life.


Free and automatic monitoring—where’s the catch?

SMA Smart Connected is our quality promise to our customers. We want to deliver a solution that works simply and straightforwardly, gives PV system operators maximum energy yields and provides installers with the best possible service quality. After all, why should they waste their valuable time with lengthy diagnostics, extending the time your system is not producing precious solar energy when we know all along where the problem lies? This is why we share our knowledge, to ensure more efficient servicing and maximum system yields.


Is my data safe?

SMA treats personal data with the utmost care. We use and process your personal data solely within the limits of the statutory provisions on data protection and data security applicable in the Federal Republic of Germany. You can find information on exactly what data we record and how it’s used here.

It goes without saying that cyber security is also a top priority for us. IT and information security are right at the top of our agenda. Of course, we comply with the highest security and international data protection standards to prevent possible cyber attacks. Beginning in the product development stage, our interdisciplinary team ensures that our system solutions are secure in accordance with the latest security standards. You can also activate the remote updates function to ensure that device software in the field is kept up to date through automatic remote updates. And our 24-hour technical support, including global emergency service, also guarantees maximum security and reliability of our solutions.


How do I activate Smart Connected?

Your installer simply activates SMA Smart Connected when commissioning your system in Sunny Portal. Of course, you can also disconnect your system from power yourself via Sunny Portal and activate SMA Smart Connected by checking the corresponding box.

Will the Sunny Boy still be up to date tomorrow?

Your Sunny Boy is always up to date thanks to automatic inverter updates.

We have also integrated important interfaces to ensure that its functions can be enhanced at any point in the future. This allows you to turn your PV system into a fully fledged storage system, for example, using just two additional components: the Sunny Boy battery inverter and the SMA Energy Meter. Thanks to WLAN, additional wiring is not even needed in most cases. Using the Sunny Places Community Portal, you can get an overview of your system data at any time and discuss issues with other PV system operators or experts. And if you would also like to experience the benefits of intelligent energy management, you can simply expand your system with the Sunny Home Manager. Your system featuring the Sunny Boy can be reconfigured into an all-inclusive package comprising intelligent energy management and storage systems at any time, enabling you to save as much as 80% on your electricity costs.

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