SMA takes over operational management of Canada's largest PV plant


The Canadian subsidiary of Germany’s SMA Solar Technology AG, SMA Canada, has taken over operational management of a 140 MW PV power plant in Kingstom, Ontario.

The leading inverter manufacturer and O&M provider also delivered 125 of its Sunny Central 800CP-US inverters to the facility — at the moment Canada’s largest PV power plant.

Kingston Solar LP, the project’s owner, tapped SMA to oversee operational management of the plant for the next ten years.

The project will be connected to the utility grid next year and supply some 16,400 households with about 173,000 megawatt hours of solar power. Last year, SMA obtained a contract to provide central inverters and operation and maintenance (O&M) services for a 130 MW PV power plant in Haldimand County, Ontario.

"We are very happy that SMA is equipping the two largest PV power plants in the country with inverters and is also taking charge of operational management,” said Henry Dziuba, president of SMA Canada. While SMA is known as the global market leader for inverters, Dziuba said "[m]ulti-megawatt PV projects like those in Canada show that SMA is taking on a leading position in North America in the service business and also as a one-stop solution provider for PV power plants."

SMA’s comprehensive O&M service covers the central inverters as well as the medium-voltage components, modules, racks, cabling and vegetation and enclosure of the system. Additional services include repair, device replacement, visual inspections and maintenance.

"We were highly focused on selecting an O&M provider who we felt had the experience and capacity to maximize uptime and minimize any potential maintenance issues for a project of Kingston Solar’s scale," said Matt O’Brien, president of Kingston Solar LP. "We believe SMA has both the technical and management expertise to deliver this investment-grade O&M service."

In August, SMA bought fellow German group Phoenix Solar’s O&M activities in Europe. SMA CEO Pierre-Pascal Urbon has said that O&M services for PV power plants are "an important driver of our growth strategy in the service business."