SMA America says its inverters have been selected to power the 290 MW Agua Caliente project, which is expected to be the largest operational photovoltaic plant in the world upon completion.
Construction on the project in Yuma County, near Dateland, Ariz., is under way, with completion expected in 2014. The 2,400-acre plant will use more than 400 SMA Sunny Central 720CP inverters.
Sunny Central CP inverters are specially designed for use in large, open-field PV power plants such as Agua Caliente, the company notes. They are well suited for the Arizona sun, thanks to SMA's OptiCool temperature-management technology, which allows the inverters to operate at full nominal power with ambient temperatures up to 50 degrees C.