First SMA Storage System Business commissioned in UK

First SMA Storage System Business commissioned in UK

An industry leading poultry farm in Owestry (Shropshire) is using SMA technology to harness renewable, sustainable energy which will improve its self-sufficiency and reduce operating costs and reliance on fossil fuels.

Back in 2011 poultry farmer Steve Dixon had a 50 kW Solar PV system installed which included 3 SMA Sunny Tripower 15000TL-10 inverters. Impressed with the impact that it had on the farm’s energy costs and self-sufficiency he continued his green journey and installed a water source heat pump. Recently Steve Dixon decided to increase his farm’s solar energy capacity and added an SMA Storage System Business to reduce his reliance on the National Grid for energy. Steve worked with Solar PV Battery Systems to explore the options and opted for a SMA solution, knowing he was investing in quality products since he has benefitted from solar since 2011 with SMA products.

The SMA Storage System Business package includes the Sunny Tripower Storage 60 and a 67 kWh Lithium Ion Battery. “With self-consumption being at the heart of the goal of the improved renewable energy generation on site, we’ve seen that Mr Dixon’s Farm is now consistently using self-generated solar energy through to the early hours of the morning, thanks to the battery storage system” says Gareth Jehu, UK Development Manager of Solar PV Battery Systems.

Joshua Murphy, Application Engineer at SMA Solar UK explains “We designed the extension to the existing solar PV system and the addition of the SMA Storage System Business package using the sites import data, projected generation and the farms behavioural patterns. Great consideration was taken to select the correct size battery inverter and battery capacity.” he adds “The entire system, including the legacy elements on site, was updated to the latest G99 grid compliance and the legacy system was successfully integrated into the new Sunny Portal powered by ennexOS giving both Mr Dixon and Gareth state of the art monitoring and control.”

Taking advantage of SMA’s approved G100 export limitation solution, the battery storage system was able to be installed with minimal costs for reinforcement. Without this solution the customer would have faced over £25,000 in additional upgrade costs. This smart energy management system comes free with the SMA Storage System Business and is powered by ennexOS. It will enable Steve’s farm to save money via the peak load shaving functionality when the targeted charging review reforms are introduced in 2022.

Steve Dixon concludes “I’ve got the SMA app on my phone, and I check it all the time. The solar PV, battery system and monitoring has exceeded all our expectations”.

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As a leading global specialist in photovoltaic system technology, the SMA Group is setting the standards today for the decentralised and renewable energy supply of tomorrow. SMA’s portfolio contains a wide range of efficient PV inverters, holistic system solutions for PV systems of all power classes, intelligent energy management systems and battery-storage solutions as well as complete solutions for PV diesel hybrid applications. Digital energy services as well as extensive services up to and including operation and maintenance services for PV power plants round off SMA’s range. SMA inverters with a total output of around 90 gigawatts have been installed in more than 190 countries worldwide. SMA’s multi-award-winning technology is protected by more than 1,600 patents and utility models. Since 2008, the Group’s parent company, SMA Solar Technology AG, has been listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (S92) and is listed in the SDAX index.

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