German inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology has announced its central inverters officially comply with the Grid Connection Code for Renewable Power Plants (RPPs) set by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA).
The grid connection regulations became effective in November 2012 and define technical and design requirements which must be complied and implemented immediately by all renewable energy power plants operating in South Africa. Power plants will only be allowed to feed electricity into the local utility grids if they adhere to the regulations.
SMA has confirmed that its Sunny Central CP XT inverters, along with their features, meet all terms prescribed by NERSA for PV central inverters. The inverters already meet the requirements of several other countries including Germany, Japan and the US.
In August 2012, SMA was awarded a contract to supply 84 Sunny Central 800 CP inverters for the 75MW Kalkbult project in the northwest of South Africa. This PV power plant is scheduled to connect to the utility grid in mid-2013.