SMA is equipping one of the first large-scale PV plants on the African continent with 84 Sunny Central 800CP inverters. The South African 75-megawatt Kalkbult project will go into operation in summer 2013. A total of 42 Transformer Compact Stations facilitate the medium-voltage solution for connection to the transmission line. Additionally, 840 Sunny String-Monitors provide for string monitoring in the PV array.
The Norwegian developer of PV plants, Scatec-Solar, is executing the multi-megawatt project within the framework of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program. After its completion, the plant, occupying an area equating to 140 soccer fields, will produce 145 million kilowatt hours of solar power per year – enough to provide sufficient electric current to 35,000 South African households.