SMA America Unveils New Sunny Central Inverter Model


Rocklin, Calif.-headquartered SMA America LLC, the U.S.-based subsidiary of global solar technology provider SMA Solar Technology AG, has expanded its U.S. line of commercial and utility products with the Sunny Central 500HE-US.

The new 500 kW solar inverter is a medium-voltage product built on technology already in use in Europe, but it is specially configured to meet U.S. requirements, such as the UL 1741/IEEE-1547 standard. The inverter couples to an external medium-voltage transformer to accommodate long-distance power feeds to distribution substations, making it ideal for utility installations, according to SMA America.

Two units can also be combined in a packaged solution with only one double-winding transformer to provide a true megawatt station. Integrated grid management features, such as grid operator-controlled power limitation and control of reactive power, will be made available based on utility and project requirements.

An updated user interface features a large graphic display that provides a view of daily plant production as well as the status of the inverter and utility grid, the company adds. With a Modbus Gateway, the inverter is compatible with both custom SMA monitoring solutions and third-party applications.

SMA America LLC: (916) 625-0870


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