SMA Solar Academy Training Facility

SMA Solar Academy
Training Facility

SMA America’s Solar Academy is a state-of-the-art educational facility designed to support current and prospective solar industry professionals. Located at SMA America’s corporate headquarters in Rocklin, California, the Solar Academy is outfitted with the latest high-tech teaching tools and demonstration inverters to complement its comprehensive range of courses on photovoltaics and SMA products.

SMA Solar Academy supports solar professionals of all skill levels

The SMA Solar Academy boasts a 2,178-square-foot classroom equipped with a high-tech lectern featuring SMART Podium™ technology, two custom 156-inch screens and dual high-definition projectors.

SMA Solar Academy - Classroom

The Solar Academy classroom is a hands-on learning environment. It features demonstration inverters — including a 42kW Sunny Tower-US, Sunny Tripower 10000TL, Sunny Boy 3000HF-US, Sunny Boy 7000-US and Sunny Boy 10000TL-US (with Combiner Box) — that provide attendees with practical experience to reinforce class concepts. All Sunny Boy inverters are connected to a DC power supply to simulate a PV array while a Variac simulates grid behavior. The Solar Academy also features a Sunny Island lab, a fully operational battery back-up work station that includes the SMA Smartformer.

All of the Solar Academy’s inverters are wall-mounted using rear knockouts on the DC disconnects for a clean installation. The wiring is then run inside a metallic raceway on the opposite side of the wall.

Communications and monitoring systems installed in the Solar Academy include a Sunny SensorBox, Sunny Beam with Bluetooth®, Sunny WebBox, Sunny WebBox with Bluetooth® and Flashview software.

Attendees enrolled in the Sunny Central series of classes have the opportunity to participate in a field trip to SMA America’s Service Center to see a Sunny Central in operation and to also see other inverters discussed during instruction.
View full schedule of Solar Academy courses