The Canadian subsidiary of SMA Solar Technology AG, SMA Canada, delivers 125 Sunny Central 800CP-US inverters to what is, with 140 MW, the country’s largest PV power plant. In addition, system operator Kingston Solar LP has placed SMA service in charge of operational management of the PV power plant for the next ten years.
The PV power plant project in Kingston, Ontario, will be connected to the utility grid next year and supply around 16,400 households with around 173,000 megawatt hours of solar power. Last year, SMA had already been awarded the contract to provide central inverters and operation and maintenance (O&M) services for a 130 MW PV power plant in Haldimand County, Ontario, Canada.
“We are very happy that SMA is equipping the two largest PV power plants in the country with inverters and is also taking charge of operational management,” said Henry Dziuba, president of SMA Canada. “SMA is known as global market leader for inverters,” continued Dziuba. “Multi-megawatt PV projects like those in Canada show that SMA is taking on a leading position in North America in the service business and also as a one-stop solution provider for PV power plants.”
SMA’s comprehensive O&M service not only covers the central inverters but also the medium-voltage components, modules, racks and all cabling as well as the vegetation und enclosure of the system. The services include among others: repair, device replacement, visual inspections and maintenance. PV system operators benefit from smooth system operation, ultra-high performance and planning reliability at all times.
“We were highly focused on selecting an O&M provider who we felt had the experience and capacity to maximize uptime and minimize any potential maintenance issues for a project of Kingston Solar’s scale,” said Matt O’Brien, president of Kingston Solar LP, the project’s owner. “We believe SMA has both the technical and management expertise to deliver this investment-grade O&M service.”
The SMA Group generated sales of more than €930 million in 2013 and is the global market leader for solar inverters, a key component of all PV plants. SMA offers innovative key technologies for future power supply structures. It is headquartered in Niestetal, near Kassel, Germany, and is represented in 21 countries. The Group employs more than 5,000 people worldwide. SMA’s broad product portfolio includes a compatible inverter for every type of module on the market and for all plant sizes. The product range includes both inverters for grid-connected photovoltaic plants as well as off-grid and hybrid system technology. The product portfolio is supplemented by comprehensive services and operational management of utility-scale PV plants. 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 also in the TecDAX index.
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