The first project—the 108 MW AC Springbok 1 Solar Farm in Kern County, California—is already under construction. All of the systems, which range from 50 to 150 MW each, are expected to be complete in 2016. “We are honored to help Swinerton bring such a significant amount of PV to California,” said Marko Wittich, SMA executive vice president of sales for the Americas region.
The Sunny Central 2200-US was specifically designed for the U.S. market and is fully UL certified. Boasting 2,200 kVA of output power at 1,000 VDC, it offers the industry’s highest power density and market-leading efficiency, minimizing the total installed cost while maximizing the energy production of the power plant. It also provides grid management and ancillary services such as Q-on-Demand, permitting usage in a variety of large-scale applications. “The Sunny Central 2200-US is part of our most technologically advanced central inverter line and will provide the reliability and efficiency that these utility-scale systems require,” explained Boris Wolff, SMA executive vice president business unit Utility.
“SMA offers the highest quality, most reliable products in the industry,” said George Hershman, vice president and general manager of Swinerton Renewable Energy. “We are pleased to partner with them and deliver a significant portfolio of projects for our clients and clean, reliable energy throughout the U.S.”
The SMA Group with sales of more than €800 million in 2014 is the global market leader for solar inverters, a key component of all PV plants and 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 4,000 people worldwide. SMA has an extensive range of products, which offers the right inverters for all module types and plant sizes; for small residential systems as well as large scale plants, grid-connected photovoltaic systems as well as off-grid and hybrid systems. The technology is protected by 680 patents and utility models worldwide. The range of services is supplemented by comprehensive services and operational management of large-scale PV power 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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