Unveiling of the new SMA Utility Power System

With the highly-anticipated unveiling at Intersolar Europe 2014, the SMA Utility Power System stole the show as SMA's newest solution offering reduced OPEX, reduced CAPEX and maximized energy production.

With a Sunny Central inverter at its core, the Utility Power System is an integrated, compact DC-to-AC system solution for utility-scale PV power plants. Available in IEC and ANSI versions, the system is well suited for worldwide implementation.

A comprehensive, engineered solution

The SMA Utility Power System expands the features of PV power plants with precisely synchronized components - the new Sunny Central inverter, medium-voltage transformer, DC combiners, corresponding plant control with vital project support and world-class service.

Designed for use outdoors in all regions of the world, the SMA Utility Power System enables grid stability and ancillary services on a global scale. It simultaneously delivers the highest yields with low operational costs for the life of the PV plant.

At the heart of the Utility Power System

The New Sunny Central

  • Power classes: 1,850 kVA or 2,200 kVA for 1,000 VDC and 2,500 kVA or 2,750 kVA for 1,500 VDC (at 25°C)
  • Highest DC:AC design ratio in the industry
  • Area for customer equipment installation and integrated power supply for customer loads
  • Seamless curtailment down to open-circuit-voltage
  • Industry-leading power density simplifies logistics and reduces OPEX

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SUNNY CENTRAL 1850-US / 2200-US / 2500-EV-US / 2750-EV-US


Medium Voltage Block

  • Outdoor transformer with highly effective thermal design
  • Extended life expectancy
  • Suitable for all medium voltage grids from 6.6 to 35 kV
  • Designed for installations up to nearly 10,000 feet above sea level

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MEDIUM VOLTAGE BLOCK 1850-US / 2200-US / 2500-US

Grid Integration

SMA Power Plant Controller

  • Ensure utility feed-in compliance
  • Quick and precise management provides optimum plant operation
  • Flexible communication protocols allow for adaptability
  • Regulation of active and reactive power and power factor
  • Ability to individually activate a single inverter within the system
  • Fulfills global requirements for grid integration and international plant certification

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SMA Service for Industrial Systems

Unmatched service

The #1 support team in the industry

  • Comprehensive global service network with local experts
  • Bench strength from nearly 1,000 service professionals worldwide and 90+ service hubs
  • Complete suite of services including extended warranties, commissioning, preventative maintenance and more
  • Plant-wide operations and maintenance plans to backstop your investment for the life of the plant
  • Significantly reduced O&M costs by remotely resolving the majority of support calls or alerts
  • State-of-the-art solar monitoring center ensures peace of mind 24/7

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Ready for future grid stabilization

Great demands are being placed on PV systems to behave like conventional power plants. This makes grid stability and ancillary services crucial, especially in many regions of the world where the power grid infrastructure is not well developed.

SMA's new DC-to-AC system solution will enable PV power plants to fulfill worldwide grid regulations by providing all ancillary services including full “Q on demand” (24/7) reactive power capability. The Utility Power System allows PV plants to become adaptable to grid requirements and eliminate or minimize expensive power grid extension, especially in remote areas of the world and regions with underdeveloped infrastructure.

Built to withstand harsh environments

PV power plants are built across the globe, including areas of high altitude, extreme temperature, proximity to the sea, and desert areas impacted by sand and dust. SMA inverters and system solutions are designed to deliver the highest outputs anywhere. OptiCool™, a field-proven cooling technology, enables maximum efficiency for the Sunny Central even at the highest temperatures. With a precision air cooling, dust and sand particles cannot affect the inside of the inverter.

The next generation of SMA system solutions is not limited by environmental conditions and can be implemented in all large-scale PV projects. SMA regularly subjects its inverters and system components to demanding tests simulating the harshest conditions to ensure that SMA products can exceed expectations in even the most demanding applications.