Sungrow supplies inverters for 28 MW California solar plant

Leading Chinese inverter supplier Sungrow has stepped up its expansion efforts in the U.S. with the conclusion of a 28 MW supply deal in California.

Sungrow has integrated 25 of its SG800MX inverters into the TA Acacia solar park – a 28.4 MWdc project located on the outskirts of Lancaster in Los Angeles County. The plant was completed in late November using 94,340 Canadian Solar PV modules, and local utility Pacific Gas and Energy (PG&E) has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the plant.

Approved by the California Utilities Commission and sold to Dominion Virginia Power, the TA Acacia solar farm will generate enough clean electricity to power more than 6,100 local households. During the construction phase, more than 400 jobs were generated in the local vicinity as the farm tapped into California’s growing thirst for solar energy.

"The 28.4 MW TA Acacia project is a milestone for Sungrow in the U.S. and we are pleased to be part of it," said Sungrow Power Supply Co. Ltd chairman, Renxian Cao. "As Sungrow keeps expanding our service infrastructure and installation base in the U.S., we are committed to supporting Canadian Solar and other customers from coast to coast."

Canadian Solar’s involvement in the project is well documented, and the company’s CEO and chairman, Shawn Qu, remarked that the TA Acacia facility is a demonstration of the transformative potential of solar power in California’s energy mix. "We take great pride that our modules will now be generating over 20 years of clean, emission-free renewable energy in the region."

The U.S. market has long eluded many of China’s largest inverter suppliers, but Sungrow’s recent expansion efforts are finally beginning to bear fruit. In October the company opened a new HQ in California’s San Francisco Bay area after enjoying an exponential rise in business in the country.

In 2015, Sungrow has hinted that it may grow its U.S. team even more.

Traditionally, Chinese inverter companies have dominated their domestic market and been reticent on their plans of expansion. However, recent ventures by Huawei, TBEA and Sungrow suggest that China’s leading suppliers are ready to explore new overseas markets, particularly those in the U.S. and Europe.