German PV manufacturer SMA Solar Technology has expanded its global presence with new sales and service companies in South Africa and Chile.
The company said that in the current market conditions, it would initially concentrate on installations in the power plant category, while at the same time offering PV inverters and system technology for all other plant sizes.
In addition, SMA Solar Technology’s new offices will provide professional consulting for photovoltaic project planning, customer training and an extensive range of services.
With over 300 days of sunshine per year, South Africa and Chile are among the regions with the world's highest solar irradiation. At the same time, both countries have a good economic growth with a corresponding increase in energy demand.
SMA has already achieved considerable successes in these emerging markets. The largest PV plant to date in the northwest of Chile was equipped with SMA inverter technology.
The installed SMA inverters of the Sunny Tripower product family have the required grid management functions and were successfully connected to the Chilean Central Interconnected System SIC (Sistema Interconectado Central).
In South Africa, SMA has already been awarded five projects in the first round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program. SMA will supply central inverters and Transformer Compact Stations to the Northern Cape region.