SMA have announced that in 2018 they will have commissioned 1.8GW of solar inverter power in Australia, bringing the total utility-scale PV power plant installation base in Australia above 2GW.

According to SMA executive vice president, sales – APAC/North America John Susa industry trends have suggested that solar power systems are becoming a key player in energy production in Australia, both in households and in large-scale PV power plants.

“In the month of September alone, over 1GW of SMA central inverters were actively commissioned. We are very proud to announce that SMA system solutions are thus installed in PV plants in each state and territory on mainland Australia. The uptake in the utility segment has added 10 permanent staff members to our local service team in Australia and has resulted in 15 additional local employees being subcontracted to work on these projects for the duration of the plants’ life.”

Almost all of the utility-scale PV power plant projects in Australia use the SMA Medium Voltage Power Station. This turnkey solution includes Sunny Central inverters, a powerful medium-voltage transformer and a medium-voltage switchgear, which is easy to transport and allows for fast commissioning. In addition to advanced system technology, SMA also provides service for utility-scale power plants. Local SMA Technicians inspect the installation of inverters and medium-voltage components, set up required and plant-specific parameters and perform comprehensive function tests to ensure systems are stably connected to the grid and work smoothly from the outset.