PV inverter manufacturer SMA Solar has officially reached 1GW of solar inverter sales in Thailand – which now stands as the fourth market in the APAC region where SMA has reached that marker.

SMA first established a presence in Thailand in 1998 and opened its subsidiary in 2011 to further spur development in the area.

Over the years, SMA Thailand has seen strong growth in the utility market, largely due to the government’s policy to boost the amount of electricity drawn from renewable energy sources.

The Government Agencies and Agricultural Cooperative solar farm programme – initiated by the National Energy Policy Council (NEPC) – provides 800MW of licenses to grow additional opportunities for more utility-scale PV in Thailand.  

Suntisuk Mathinapitak, SMA Thailand country manager, said: “SMA’s market leading position has been built on a reputation of state of the art, robust and reliable technology from Germany, backed by excellent local service…2015 has been a successful year for solar farm projects in Thailand and with the Government Agencies and Agricultural Cooperative solar farm program as well as emerging residential and commercial markets SMA expects to see further growth in this region.”

PV Tech's publisher Solar Media will run its Solar & Offgrid Renewables Southeast Asia 2015 conference for the third year. The event runs from 25-26 November in Bangkok.