SolarMax, a Swiss based global pure-play photovoltaic (PV) inverter company with U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, GA, and more than 20 years of PV inverter experience, today announced that United States Ambassador, Suzan LeVine, visited SolarMax headquarters in Biel, Switzerland on Wednesday, August 13
Suzan LeVine took up her position as the United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein in June this year. As part of her mission to foster greater economic ties between Switzerland and the United States, LeVine visited SolarMax's Biel headquarters, where she met with SolarMax executives, discussed the company's success in selling to the U.S. market, and toured its administrative and manufacturing campus. "SolarMax is a good example of a fruitful economic cooperation between Switzerland and the United States, and demonstrates the positive impact of strong mutual appreciation and respect for cultural differences," said LeVine after her visit.
The U.S. PV inverter market is one of the fastest growing in the world outside of Asia. According to the Annual report of the International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (Annual report 2013), the U.S. PV inverter market installed 4.8 GW of photovoltaic projects last year, bringing nationwide capacity to 12.1 GW. In comparison, Germany, the largest European PV market, had a total of 36 GW installed by the end of 2013. These numbers demonstrate that the U.S. market represents an enormous opportunity for SolarMax.
"Entering the U.S. market was not initially easy, but we have quickly seen a high demand for Swiss quality products across the country," says Christoph von Bergen, CEO of SolarMax. "Our U.S.-based research and development team has been instrumental to enabling our rapid growth by delivering solutions that meet the specific market needs and requirements of the local market."
Ambassador LeVine's visit to SolarMax was part of a regional tour as she familiarizes herself with the companies and people driving innovation in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.