SMA Authorized Distributor Rexel opens Sacramento location with a bang

This post was originally published in 2014. The tips and techniques explained may be outdated.

A blistering hot Sacramento day didn’t keep Sacramento’s local electrical and solar contractors from coming out to support Rexel, an SMA Authorized Distributor, as they opened their newest location. Located in an industrial park north of the city’s downtown, the new Rexel store makes it even easier to get electrical supplies in the hands of Sacramento’s contractors.

Visitors line up to walk through the SMA van and chat with our team.

Visitors line up to walk through the SMA van and chat with our team.

“It’s great to get the electrical community together to celebrate our newest location,” said Doug White, western division marketing manager for Rexel. “We have an outstanding customer base in the area and it was fun to see everyone today and connect them with brands like SMA, who they trust for their jobs.”

Solar on the go

Because many of the attendees weren’t solar installers, we took the opportunity to use our solar-equipped vans to educate them on the basics of solar, inverter features and some simple installation tips.

The SMA solar-equipped vans feature eight roof-mounted modules that stow away for safe driving and extend over the sides of the van during demonstration. The modules provide power to a Sunny Boy 3000TL-US with Secure Power Supply as part of an AC-coupled micro-grid using a Sunny Island, Smartformer and small battery bank. All the equipment is fully functional and operational during demonstrations.

SMA's Ben Castillo hits a line drive at the batting cages, one of the few hits Team SMA got.

SMA’s Ben Castillo hits a line drive at the batting cages, one of the few hits Team SMA got.

It’s a hit

Attendees were showing their unanimous support for the new Rexel store. But that wasn’t the only hit; people lined up to take a few swings in the event’s official batting cage. The laughter and memory of watching each other swing away lasted much longer than the open house, as the SMA team was reminded that we should stick to what we’re good at—solar!

Thanks to everyone at Rexel for inviting us to open their newest store. We look forward to more open houses throughout the West Coast!

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