ROCKLIN, Calif., Oct. 20, 2009—Solar power system owners looking for a compact, simple-to-use and attractive way to monitor and display their system’s performance can now do so utilizing the SMA Sunny Beam. SMA America, LLC has announced the immediate availability of the new desktop solar power system monitor, which also now features Bluetooth® wireless technology.
The Sunny Beam is compact and lightweight, making it small enough to easily move from room to room. The unit features a modern design and can be wall mounted or placed on a table top. The screen features a large liquid crystal display that shows current, daily, annual and total energy production. It also reports carbon dioxide (CO2) savings.
“System monitoring is an often overlooked, but absolutely critical, part of any solar power system,” said Dave Wojciechowski, director of sales for SMA America. “By tracking performance data, owners can ensure their systems are working at optimum levels, which shortens payback and results in a more satisfied end-user.”
Setup is simple. Upon activation, the Sunny Beam wirelessly connects with up to 12 Sunny Boy inverters, creating a fast, stable, cable-free monitoring solution. Operators access their system information through an intuitive, single-button rotary control. An audio alarm can be set to notify the user of key changes, such as energy output, allowing them to take corrective action quickly, thereby maximizing their system’s performance and investment.
The unit receives data transmitted from a Sunny Boy inverter via a Bluetooth connection and automatically stores it for later retrieval. Users wishing to record long-term system performance information can upload data to a personal computer through a USB port and included USB cable.
The Sunny Beam has a standard range of up to 150 feet but that can be extended or strengthened, in case of obstruction, through the use of the optional SMA Bluetooth repeater. A Bluetooth piggy-back card is required for each Sunny Boy inverter and can be easily installed by a qualified solar professional.
The system monitor is powered via an integrated solar module and rechargeable battery, and includes a standard five-year warranty.
About SMA America, LLC
SMA America, LLC is the U.S. subsidiary of SMA Solar Technology AG, based in Germany. SMA is the world leader in solar inverter technology and manufacturing with divisions in 13 countries on four continents. SMA is committed to its leadership role, offering exceptional value with the most efficient and reliable solar inverters in the industry. SMA takes special pride in promoting renewable energy solutions at all levels through education, information and support for the general public and solar installers, as well as for small and large businesses worldwide. For more information, call 916 625 0870 or visit www.SMA-America.com.
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