The PV power plants Dreunberg in the Eastern Cape province and Linde in the Northern Cape province are set to begin operation in the first and second half of 2014, respectively. They are being constructed under the second round of South Africa's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Program (REIPPP). The Norwegian PV power plant developer Scatec Solar is responsible for the two PV projects. The company is well under way with the 75-megawatt Kalkbult project in South Africa with 84 SMA Sunny Central inverters. This project will be finished in the second half of 2013.
“The cooperation with Scatec Solar and the excellent suitability of the SMA central inverters for the challenging climate conditions in South Africa have already proven themselves in the Kalkbult PV project," explains Dr. Jürgen Reinert, SMA Executive Vice President Technology. “In addition, there are special functions of the SMA inverters for grid integration. Together with the SMA Power Plant Controller, complex requirements and control functions can be implemented, particularly for multi-megawatt power plants.” In this way, individual requirements and complex control functions can be simply and efficiently completed.
To provide capacity for the expected market growth in a timely manner and meet the local content requirements, SMA announced the expansion of its presence in the important future market of South Africa at the end of May, 2013. In addition to strengthening the already existing sales and service structures, SMA will set up a Sunny Central inverter production there
The SMA Group generated sales of €1.5 billion in 2012 and is the global market leader for solar inverters, a key component of all PV plants and, as an energy management group, offers innovative key technologies for future power supply structures. It is headquartered in Niestetal, near Kassel, Germany, and is represented internationally 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 photovoltaic plants connected to the grid as well as inverters for off-grid systems. SMA is therefore able to provide ideal technical inverter solutions for all plant sizes and types. 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. In recent years, SMA has received numerous awards for excellence as an employer and achieved first place in the nationwide “Great Place to Work®” competition in 2011 and 2012 and fourth place in 2013.
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