SMA Solar supplies inverters for 1-MW S African off-grid solar system

(SeeNews) - Dec 14, 2012 - German solar inverter maker SMA Solar Technology AG (ETR:S92) has provided inverters and an intelligent system management for a 1-MW photovoltaic (PV) system part of an off-grid solar diesel hybrid power plant in South Africa.

The company got the order from South African solar system integrator Solea Renewables Pty Ltd and German engineering, procurement and construction firm Solea AG, it said today.

The PV installation consists of 4,200 PV modules and 63 SMA Sunny Tripower 17000 TL inverters and is now ready to start operations. It complements an existing diesel energy supply of a chrome ore mine in Thabazimbi, a remote mining region in Limpopo province. The solar system is expected to produce up to 1.8 GWh annually.

SMA Solar said the solar system would help the mine operator lower fuel costs and carbon dioxide emissions.

Roland Grebe, SMA Solar chief technology officer, said the installation was the company's flagship project in the industrial sector and forecast a potential for several gigawatts of solar diesel hybrid systems worldwide. "Economically, it makes a lot of sense for industrial large-scale consumers in off-grid but sunny regions to complement traditional diesel generators with solar energy," Grebe said.

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