San Diego-based EPC Selects Sunny Central 2200-US for Seven Utility-Scale PV Projects in California
ROCKLIN, Calif., Aug. 18, 2015—SMA has been chosen to supply 700 MW of central inverters for seven utility-scale PV plants in California. Swinerton Renewable Energy—a San Diego-based engineering, procurement and construction company—selected the Sunny Central 2200-US, one of SMA's newest utility-scale solutions, for all of the systems. SMA will deliver the 317 inverters as construction commences.
The first project—the 108 MW AC Springbok 1 Solar Farm in Kern County, California—is already under construction. All of the systems, which range from 50 to 150 MW each, are expected to be complete in 2016.
"We are honored to help Swinerton bring such a significant amount of PV to California," said Marko Wittich, SMA executive vice president of sales for the Americas region. "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."
The Sunny Central 2200-US was specifically designed for the U.S. market and is fully UL certified. Boasting 2,200 kVA of output power at 1,000 VDC, it offers the industry's highest power density and market-leading efficiency, minimizing the total installed cost while maximizing the energy production of the power plant. The Sunny Central 2200-US reduces installation and transportation costs with up to four inverters fitting in a standard shipping container or on a flat-bed truck. It also provides grid management and ancillary services such as Q-on-Demand, permitting usage in a variety of large-scale applications.
Enabling even more efficient PV power plant design, the flexibility of the Sunny Central 2200-US allows for implementation with any module while providing the highest DC-to-AC design ratio in the industry and nominal power operation from -25 to 50 C.
The Sunny Central 2200-US is also highly integrated with standard DC and AC disconnects, self-derived control power, options for various managed network switch configurations, and an optional NEC 2014 compliant DC recombiner, dramatically increasing the speed to energization. It also offers integrated zone monitoring and on-board 120 VAC auxiliary power for miscellaneous loads. The included customer installation area provides an ideal environment for integration of SCADA equipment, if required.
Suitable for any outdoor climate around the globe, the Sunny Central 2200-US is equipped with OptiCool®, a proven air-cooling technology that ensures smooth operation under extreme environmental conditions.
"SMA offers the highest quality, most reliable products in the industry," said George Hershman, vice president and general manager of Swinerton Renewable Energy. "We are pleased to partner with them and deliver a significant portfolio of projects for our clients and clean, reliable energy throughout the U.S."
About Swinerton Renewable Energy
With over 3 GW of power generation and 750 MW of solar power expertise, Swinerton Renewable Energy offers turnkey solar power solutions for utility-scale and distributed-generation projects, including EPC and O&M services, warranty wraps, performance guarantees, and its industry-leading monitoring and SCADA platform, SOLV®. Recognized nationally since 1888, Swinerton is the preferred builder and trusted partner in every market it serves —proudly leading with integrity, passion, and excellence. For more information on Swinerton Renewable Energy visit their blog or follow them on Twitter.
The SMA Group with sales of more than €800 million in 2014 is the global market leader for solar inverters, a key component of all PV plants and offers innovative key technologies for future power supply structures. It is headquartered in Niestetal, near Kassel, Germany, and is represented in 21 countries. The Group employs more than 4,000 people worldwide. SMA's broad product portfolio includes a compatible inverter for every type of module on the market and for all PV system sizes. The repeatedly awarded product range includes system technologies for grid-connected photovoltaic systems as well as off-grid and hybrid systems. The technology is protected by more than 550 patents. The range of services is supplemented by comprehensive services and operational management of large-scale PV power plants. Since 2008, the Group's parent company, SMA Solar Technology AG, has been listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (S92) and also in the TecDAX index. www.SMA-America.com