Sunny Central PV inverters are specially engineered for large scale solar power stations.
The South African market for solar products is growing rapidly and SMA is keen to position itself to provide the necessary capacities for the expected uptake.
"South Africa has strategic importance for SMA. The country has good economic growth with a corresponding increase in energy demand," said SMA Chief Executive Officer Pierre-Pascal Urbon. "Here, photovoltaics is already a financially attractive alternative to other forms of power generation."
Preparations for construction have already begun and SMA says South African production will be "just as flexible as existing SMA inverter productions in Germany and North America," enabling the company to respond quickly to changes in demand.