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.
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.
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.
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