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Reasons for repowering

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In many of the world’s more mature PV markets, repowering – the replacement or upgrade of all or part of an existing PV system – is an increasingly common strategy for asset owners looking to boost their returns or overcome performance issues caused by aging components. There is, however, much more to consider than simply hardware replacement, and various risks that need to be managed. In this pv magazine Webinar, SMA introduces services it has developed specifically for the repowering market, and takes us through the whole process via examples from successful projects.


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Reasons for repowering

In Europe alone, there is estimated to be more than 40 GW of PV capacity installed in projects larger than 100 kW that are more than five years old. Thanks to cost declines, technology improvement, availability of spare parts, and various other factors, replacing the modules, inverters and other components of these PV systems with new ones is an increasingly attractive strategy.

When done correctly, repowering a PV plant promises additional energy yield, optimized operations and other advantages that can add up to increased returns from the project. There are risks, however, and a number of technical, commercial and legal factors that need to be taken into account for repowering to be implemented successfully.

German inverter manufacturer SMA has developed a set of services specifically to address the repowering market. Through this, they can help asset owners to assess the opportunity and implications for their project, and to develop a comprehensive business model for repowering.

In this pv magazine Webinar, Thorsten Höfer, Product Manager for Repowering, and Behnam Rassekh Afshar, Key Account Manager at SMA Solar Technology, take us through the repowering process, from initial analysis of the feasibility and potential, through to implementation and operational support after the repowering is completed. Viewers will learn why repowering is about much more than simply replacing system components, and the other factors that are vital to consider here, and we’ll be treated to several real-world examples of projects where SMA has successfully implemented a repowering strategy.

pv magazine Webinar content:

  • Financial incentives for repowering
  • Important considerations beyond just replacing hardware
  • Repowering projects from start to finish
  • A look at some successful projects
  • Q&A

Questions can be submitted beforehand or during the webinar through a chat window. Mark Hutchins from pv magazine will be the moderator of this webinar.

Registration for this pv magazine Webinar is free of charge.


Thorsten Höfer | Product Manager for Repowering, SMA Solar Technology

Thorsten Höfer is Product Manager for Repowering at SMA Solar Technology AG, headquartered in Germany. In this role, Höfer guides customers through the repowering process and helps them identify reliable solutions from SMA for their existing PV plants. His extensive experience in engineering and solar has given him expertise and insight into the evolution of solar and inverter technology, providing him a solid foundation to deliver simple, comprehensive repowering solutions for customers that will provide reliable, long-term operation.

Behnam Rassekh Afshar | Key Account Manager, SMA Solar Technology

Behnam Rassekh Afshar has been key account manager at SMA since July 2019. His previous roles include: asset manager for PV and Wind at KGAL Investment Management in Gruenwald; planning engineer for PV at Windwaerts Energie in Hannover; project manager for PV at Ansasol in Spain; project manager for PV at inek in Bischofsheim, and project planer und purchaser for PV at juwi in Mainz.


Mark Hutchins | Magazine Director, pv magazine

Mark Hutchins joined pv magazine as production editor for our monthly global title in September 2016. He also reports on upstream technology and markets, and new and emerging solar regions for both print and online. Mark has experience in copywriting, music journalism and the fast-paced world of startups.

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