The increased production capacity of the facility will help SMA America keep up with the enormous demand for its Sunny Boy line of inverters.
GRASS VALLEY, Calif. (PRWEB) May 6, 2008
"With this new facility, SMA Technologie AG is once again significantly optimizing its manufacturing processes," says Gunther Cramer, CEO of SMA Technologie AG. "At the same time, the plant will set the new standard for the energy efficiency of industrial buildings."
The state-of-the-art manufacturing plant will feature an innovative carbon dioxide neutral energy concept. The energy needed for the production process will be supplied exclusively from renewable energy sources, including a building-integrated, 1.1-megawatt photovoltaic system and a regional biogas plant. The building itself will harvest electricity and heat from two gas-powered combined heat and power plants. An absorption refrigeration system will allow the waste heat from these plants to be used for cooling the facility in the summer and heating it during the winter. The plant also will feature natural ventilation systems, and natural and artificial lighting systems.
The new manufacturing plant is expected to create about 1,000 new jobs.
"We are very excited about the new manufacturing plant," says Jeffrey Philpott, marketing manager for SMA America. "The increased production capacity of the facility will help SMA America keep up with the enormous demand for its Sunny Boy line of inverters."
SMA's successful Sunny Boy line of inverters--which are renowned for their reliability and efficiency--has reached a total installed base of more than 750,000 units worldwide. Together, these Sunny Boy inverters are able to provide an astonishing aggregate of three billion watts (i.e., three gigawatts) of safe, usable, grid-quality power.
About SMA America, Inc.
SMA America, Inc. is a proud part of the worldwide SMA family of companies, with divisions in nine countries on four continents, boasting over 1,900 employees, and continuous double-digit growth. SMA America supports installers and small businesses in the solar industry through marketing and training assistance. Since 2000, SMA America has shown unfaltering commitment to the continued development and implementation of leading-edge products, including some of the most efficient solar inverters available nationwide. For more information, call (530) 273-4895 or visit http://www.sma-america.com.
Photo: Gunther Cramer, CEO of SMA Technologie AG