Central solar inverters have long been a prevalent choice among project developers, EPCs, integrators and other stakeholders engaged in large-scale solar development. They satisfy the demanding requirements of all parties from builders to financiers while providing low installed cost per watt. Central solar inverters are positioned to remain a popular technology for utility-scale and large commercial solar power conversion as their usage increases throughout the world and manufacturers continue to offer larger power classes with more innovative features.
In January 2012, while the World Future Energy Summit was held in Abu Dhabi, Dubai presented its plans for a 1,000 Megawatt solar project, named the “Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum plant“. Those plans were revealed only a few meters away from SMA booth which made us very excited about this vision. When I had a closer look at the model I wondered who would realize it, when this would be done and if they had already selected a location. One year later, phase one of this vision started becoming a reality as the 13 MW Plant was ready to be commissioned with SMA inverters.
Interview with Jeanette Klockgether, Executive Vice President Power Plant Solutions (Sales & Marketing), about future trends for utility grade PV systems.