People who have installed a PV system on the roof naturally want to collect as much sunshine as possible. However, what if a tree, chimney or even a neighboring house casts its shadow on the modules? It’s not a problem because SMA has the right solution, no matter the size of the shadow on the PV system.

We will present our solutions to you and explain when which option makes sense.


1. OptiTrac Global Peak: free shade management in the SMA inverter

The inverter’s MPP-tracker has a decisive influence on the energy yield of a partially shaded system. It continuously operates the PV modules assigned to it at their optimum power, also known as the maximum power point (MPP).

We have optimized the MPP tracking with the specially developed shade-management function OptiTrac Global Peak for manageable PV system shading of 15 to 20 percent. It has been integrated into all SMA string inverters. In shading situations, OptiTrac Global Peak always automatically recognizes the global maximum performance of the affected module and can therefore almost completely use the available energy of a partially shaded string.

OptiTrac Global Peak benefits

  • Free, integrated shade management
  • No auxiliary devices necessary
  • Five percent more energy yield, without additional costs

In this video you can see how OptiTrac Global Peak works:

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2. Intelligent SMA module optimizers TS4-R-O

If more than 20 percent of the PV modules are shaded over the course of the day, it makes sense to fit the PV system with the SMA TS4-R-O module optimizer. The optimizer enables individual MPP tracking at the module level and therefore still produces the highest possible energy yields from the modules, even in shade.

SMA module optimizer benefits

  • Individual shade management at the module level
  • Quick and easy to install
  • Up to 10 percent more energy yield

This video shows you how the SMA optimizer works:

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With the SMA Power+ Solution, you put the shade in its place and can enjoy your PV system at any time.

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India has set a target of installing 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022, of which 100 GW will be solar. Of this solar capacity, 40 GW will come from rooftop and 60 GW through large and medium scale grid connected solar power projects. The Indian market is expected to reach close to 9 GW in 2017.

With a focus on the renewable energy sector and smart grids, Schneider Electric India recently participated in Renewable Energy India (REI) Expo. This event is Asia’s largest energy trade expo and celebrated its tenth anniversary. Over forty countries participated along with 650 exhibitors.

While at the expo, we showcased our comprehensive product portfolio, energy management expertise and global service network and unveiled the Conext SmartGen™ a 1500-volt utility scale power conversion system. The new paradigm for large-scale renewable power installations, Conext SmartGen provides greater efficiency in power generation with lower short-term and long-term costs, and far longer service life.

The Conext SmartGen is a power conversion platform for renewable energies that leverages the power of cloud connectivity and digitization. Our unique predictive maintenance and advanced diagnostics features enable remote troubleshooting, avoid break fix situations and do just-in-time maintenance, hence reducing downtime and maintenance costs.

The Conext SmartGen offers superior reliability with an operating life of 30 years in the most extreme environments, which makes a big difference for Indian installations.

We are participating in the “Make in India” initiative by having our complete system offering, including the Conext SmartGen Power System, our integrated medium voltage power conversion substation, fully manufactured in India. With the Centre having set ambitious targets in renewable energy production by 2022, we believe Schneider Electric’s innovative offerings can contribute their experience in meeting these stiff targets and tight timelines.

Tokyo, Japan, November 1, 2016 – As one of Japan’s leading renewable energy independent power producers, Nippon Renewable Energy K.K. (representative: Adam Ballin, main office: Minato-ku, Tokyo, hereinafter: “NRE”) and Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation (representative: Kosuke Matsuzaki, main office: Minato-ku, Tokyo), announced a comprehensive technology partnership in conjunction with the commissioning of NRE’s latest 36MW solar power plant, Mito Solar Power Plant, located in Mito city, Ibaraki Prefecture (“Mito Solar”).

Mito Solar is NRE’s largest commissioned solar power plant to date and forms part of a 510MW solar generation portfolio across 9 prefectures in Japan. Mito Solar generates 43,420MWh of energy per annum and occupies 42 hectares on the site of a former golf course. On an annual basis, it provides 8,713 households with electricity, saves 25,326 tons of CO2 as well as 43.3 million liters of water. In addition, its construction created 250 local jobs for civil, electrical and construction contractors.

NRE is headquartered in Tokyo with three offices in Aomori, Fukushima and Ibaraki Prefectures. NRE is focused on the long-term ownership and operation of solar power plants incorporating the highest standards of technological and operational excellence. As a vertically integrated IPP, NRE has the in-house capabilities to take projects from initial planning to commercial operations, covering all phases of project development and financing, technical engineering, construction management, and operations and maintenance. It operates with a fully integrated local team of 57 professionals with expertise in land acquisition, technical design, project management and O&M.

In recognition of Schneider Electric’s expertise in containerized power conversion technology, NRE and Schneider Electric have established a technology framework agreement to deploy Schneider Electric’s proprietary PV-BOX systems on 17 future solar project sites (10 of which are under construction). This is in addition to the 5 sites (105MW) that NRE has already installed Schneider PV-BOX systems. By combining the main power conversion equipment into a single package, the PV-BOX reduces system costs and space, while improving maintainability.

NRE has also partnered with Schneider Electric to provide electrical O&M services across its 510MW solar portfolio. Schneider Electric will co-locate 20 professionals at NRE’s offices in order to provide a market leading quality of service on the preventative and corrective maintenance of inverters and all related AC equipment including transformers, MV switchgears, DC boxes, array boxes and control monitoring systems via a 98% availability guarantee and 24 hour emergency response times. NRE will utilize Schneider Electric’s proprietary monitoring and data analysis systems, Conext Controls and Conext Advisor, to ensure optimal performance management on each solar plant.

“NRE is committed to the long term success and viability of the Japanese renewable energy industry, and the strengthening of Japan’s overall energy security. We are working diligently to build and operate facilities that produce clean, safe and sustainable electricity that we and the local community can take pride in. In order to enhance our position as a leading industry player, NRE will continue to adapt its business to embrace changes in the Feed-in-Tariff scheme, recent electricity deregulation, regulatory developments and technological enhancements,” said Adam Ballin, Representative Director of NRE.

“Schneider Electric is excited to form a strong partnership with NRE in both inverter components and electrical maintenance services to contribute to the effective and efficient operation of renewable energy facilities in Japan by providing products and solutions that are highly reliable and offer a good return on investment,” said Pierre-Emmanuel Frot, Solar Power Generation Global Business Vice President at Schneider Electric.

NRE strives to serve as a responsible Japanese corporate citizen and member of its local communities with CSR initiatives centered on education, health and environmental awareness. NRE has partnered with Schneider Electric to donate 10kW solar systems to local public schools to provide free electricity and educate students on the benefits of renewable energy.


About Nippon Renewable Energy K.K.

Nippon Renewable Energy K.K. is an independent Japanese renewable energy utility business with its head office in Tokyo, Japan and local offices in Aomori, Ibaraki and Fukushima prefectures. NRE employs a strong local team of experienced development, design, project management engineers and investment professionals who are designing, financing, constructing and operating over 500MW in Japan. For further information about Nippon Renewable Energy, please visit

About Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of ~€27 billion in FY2015, our 160,000+ employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, our technology, software and services improve the way our customers manage and automate their operations. Our connected technologies reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. At Schneider Electric, we call this Life Is On.

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In 1987, the Brundtland Report was published and the term sustainable development  was coined. One of the key concepts of the Brundtland report has been to give priority to the needs of the world’s poor. However, 20 years after its publication, 1.1 billion people worldwide are still lacking the basic access to electricity and 87 percent live in rural areas. At Schneider Electric, sustainability is at the heart of our company strategy and we strive to solve the global energy dilemma as we believe that access to energy is a basic human right.

Yet today’s energy demands on the planet are enormous with global primary energy demand expected to increase 32 percent by 2040. How do we meet the increased energy demand while undertaking the challenge of bringing clean energy to everyone? How can we balance this energy paradox responsibly? Our future depends on how we meet the energy challenge and how we create more efficient, more sustainable and more innovative solutions to ensure that Life is On™ everywhere.

2 degrees Celsius

This is the limit in global temperature rise if we are to avoid irreversible damage to our planet and thus our society. To keep global temperatures from rising, greenhouse gas emissions need to fall as much as 70% around the world by 2050 and to zero by the end of this century. Yet, greenhouse gas emissions will rise with the increase in energy demand while a decrease by 41% is required for the world to achieve the environmental targets, outlined at Paris Climate Conference (COP21). We are committed to solving this challenge and at COP21 in December 2015 we announced to become a carbon neutral company by 2030 with 10 commitments to support our sustainability objectives.

Our continuous efforts in sustainability haven’t gone unnoticed and we have been named Industry Leader in the DJSI World and Europe Index for the 4th consecutive year. The index is the result of annual evaluation of companies’ sustainability practices in which over 3,400 listed companies around the world are analyzed, based on questions focusing on economic, environmental and social factors. While we are honoured by this recognition, climate change remains a global challenge and a challenge for everyone.

Tackling the energy challenge

Energy efficiency targets can only be met through the right energy mix with a focus on increasing the share of renewable energy and innovative solutions. Solar energy combined with our innovative solar and energy storage solutions provide a reliable, powerful and environmentally safe alternative. With more than 15 years of experience in solar and energy storage management, we help companies minimize their carbon footprint and meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

For more information, view Strategy & Sustainability Highlights 2015 – 2016.


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