A Big Year For SMA's Big Inverters In Australia

Dec 28, 2020 10:34 AM ET
  • 2020 saw Germany's SMA sign contracts for around 1.6 gigawatts of main inverter ability for use in large-scale solar installations throughout Australia.
A Big Year For SMA's Big Inverters In Australia
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SMA claims to have captured market share of approximately 65 percent of the complete 6.5 gigawatts of main inverter capability dedicated in your area by the end of 2020.

" Despite all the obstacles we faced this year due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 has actually been an extremely effective year for SMA Australia," claimed Michael Rutt, Managing Director.

The agreements signed throughout 2020 include supply of SMA central inverter products for 15 large projects scattered throughout Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory

Among the bigger projects where SMA inverters will be made use of is the 162MW Columboola Solar Farm in Queensland. 39 Medium Voltage Power Stations-- geared up with Sunny Central inverters, a tool voltage transformer and also switchgear-- and an SMA Power Plant Controller will be provided for Columboola Solar Farm.

In May this year, SMA also scored a contract to provide the 460MW Western Downs Green Power Hub solar ranch in Queensland with 90 SMA MVPS 6000-S-AU power plant. Right here's what one of the beasties looks like:

SMA claims the Western Downs project is be just one of the most significant the business has embarked on globally.

SMA inverters have actually been a popular selection for home solar and also commercial PV setups in Australia for more than a decade (the business has had a neighborhood presence for over 20 years), but evidently it was only 5 years back when the firm provided its very first central inverters below.

According to SMA, greater than 750,000 SMA inverters been set up across Australia, included with producing more than 35% of all solar electrical power in the country.

Among the projects to have Sunny Central UP inverters provided following year will certainly be WA's Horizon Power's Esperance Power; a hybrid plant presently incomplete including wind, solar, gas and also battery storage space that will certainly reduce the carbon impact of power supply to Esperance by almost 50% per annum.

2 new wind turbines with an integrated ability of 9MW will certainly produce 58% even more electrical energy than the current six wind generators situated at close-by Ten Mile Lagoon as well as Nine Mile Beach incorporated. The solar energy facet will be a 4MW PV facility consisted of more than 8,900 solar panels-- the biggest solar farm in Horizon Power's portfolio to day.

The various other elements of Esperance Power are a brand-new gas-fired power station and a 5.5 MW/ 1.9 MWh battery system. When finished and also operational, solar and wind power will certainly provide as much as 46% of Esperance's power.

In addition to a successful year in Australia, SMA looks established for an excellent 2020 overall. In November the firm reported it had sold 10.65 GW of inverter capacity between January and the end of September 2020, compared to 7.49 GW for the very same period last year as well as representing a 34% rise.