Local production of SMA central inverters has been launched in South Africa along with a second megawatt PV power plant equipped with SMA inverters.

40MW PV Linde project in Northern Cape Province, South Africa commissioned with SMA technology.
40MW PV Linde project in Northern Cape Province, South Africa commissioned with SMA technology.

After the successful early commissioning of the Kalkbult PV power plant last year, the 40MW Linde project with technology from SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA), has now been completed. SMA also commissioned a factory for Sunny Central inverters in Cape Town, South Africa. With this, the company now also meets the local content requirements under South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP).

Localisation important ingredient for expansion

‘With an ambitious expansion target for photovoltaics and high solar irradiation, South Africa is a strategically important market for SMA. By beginning our local inverter production we have once again strengthened our position as the preferred partner for project developers, EPCs and financing banks in this attractive emerging market,’ said Thorsten Ronge, managing director of SMA Solar Technology South Africa. The flexible production facility for central inverters at the SMA factory can quickly be adapted to meet variances in demand. In addition to a production line and storage facilities the factory has a test centre for central inverters.

Clean energy for 20 000 households

It is envisaged that the Linde PV power plant will initially provide clean energy for 20 000 households. The project was won by the Norwegian Integrated Independent Power Producer, Scatec Solar, in the second round of the South African REIPPP Programme and implemented with…

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