SMA Opens New Manufacturing Facilities

July 28, 2004 by Jeff Shepard

In response to increasing demand for its photovoltaic (PV) inverters SMA America Inc.'s (Grass Valley, CA) German partner SMA Regelsysteme GmbH has opened two new manufacturing facilities to satisfy the needs of the global solar inverter market.

The first is dedicated to the production and testing of the Sunny Central commercial line of inverters, which range from 60 kW to 1 MW. The second building will focus on the new Sunny Island inverters for the off-grid and backup power markets. The commencement of these new facilities has also enabled more resources to be devoted to increasing the production of the SMA line of Sunny Boy inverters for the US grid-connected PV market.

"Our partners at SMA Germany are standing behind SMA America to once again prove their commitment to guarantee a steady supply of high-quality inverters to the US market," noted Sam Vanderhoof of SMA America. "It is important for our customers to know that even during these times of limited PV module availability, there are, and will continue to be, plenty of Sunny Boy inverters available for projects in the United States."