Solar inverter distributor SMA has been appointed to provide 700MW of central inverters for seven PV projects in California. SMA was selected by EPC company Swinerton Renewable Energy, who opted for the group’s Sunny Central 2200-US utility-scale solution for all of the projects.
With construction ramping up, SMA will provide 317 inverters for the development of the seven installations.
The first project, the 108MW AC Springbok 1 Solar Farm in Kern County, California, is already under construction. All seven sites, ranging from 50MW to 150MW each, are expected to be completed in 2016.
SMA has been riding a wave of momentum as of late, noting that it expects sales between €800 million to €850 million (US$882,076,000 — US$937,205,750) in 2015, up from previous estimates of €730 million to €770 million (US$804,894,350 — US$848,998,150).
A potential boost to SMA’s influence in the US inverter market could be due to Advanced Energy’s departure from the inverter industry — announced by the company in June 2015. According to GTM Research, Advanced Energy’s exit from the US inverter sector has put forth a 17% share of the market that is up for grabs for the remaining companies.
Designed specifically for the US, SMA's Sunny Central 2200-US solution is capable of producing 2,200 kVa of output power at 1,000 VDC and boasts a nominal power operation in temperatures ranging from -25 to 50 °C.
Marko Wittich, SMA executive vice president of sales for the Americas region, said: “We are honored to help Swinerton bring such a significant amount of PV to California. The Sunny Central 2200-US is part of our most technologically advanced central inverter line and will provide the reliability and efficiency that these utility-scale systems require.”