Over the next six months, solar inverter manufacturer and market leader, SMA Solar Technology will expand its manufacturing capacity to between 9 and 10GW. SMA has a current capacity of 5GW. The company noted the high demand for its products and the general upturn in the solar industry for the move to expand. SMA is planning to develop additional production facilities at a new commercial site in Sandershaeuser Berg near Niestetal, Germany. The expansions are expected to cost in the region of 80 to €120 million per year over the next two years.
“The solar sector is a highly dynamic market characterized by strong volatility. Therefore, a lot of flexibility is required in order to quickly adapt to the different market developments”, explains Günther Cramer, Chief Executive Officer of SMA Solar Technology AG. “With the extension of our capacities at Sandershaeuser Berg, we will advance our proven flexibility strategy, which prepares us for the further market developments. Furthermore, the commercial area Sandershaeuser Berg gives us the possibility for additional enhancements of our production facilities. This will make interim solutions unnecessary in the future.”
In the new commercial area, SMA is planning to build first a new service centre with additional production facilities as well as a central storage facility for inverter components.
SMA announced in October that it was building a new 1GW inverter manufacturing plant in Denver, Colorado.