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Siemens signs solar PV joint venture

German powerhouse partners with compatriot SMA Solar to connect utility scale projects to the grid.

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Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser
Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser

German giant Siemens and compatriot SMA Solar have teamed up to connect utility-scale photovoltaic solar projects to the grid.

Under the deal, SMA will offer its solar inverters while Siemens will contribute transformers and switchgear, including grid connection.

“Cooperating with our partner Siemens will mean that we are even better placed to compete in large-scale tender projects,” said SMA chief executive Pierre-Pascal Urbon.

“Our experience and technologies complement each other perfectly. SMA has the technical expertise to equip the largest and most technically challenging solar projects worldwide with innovative system technology.

“Siemens comes with first-rate experience in connecting large-scale power plants to utility grids, including state-of-the-art medium- and high-voltage technology. As specialists in our respective areas, we will be able to offer our customers a range of individually customized complete solutions that is unique in the industry, comprising overall system design and system technology as well as grid connection and services.”

Ralf Christian, CEO Siemens Division Energy Management, said: “By partnering with SMA, Siemens will be able to benefit more than before from the photovoltaic growth market.

“By taking mutual advantage of our global sales and service networks, both companies will increase their market coverage in real terms. Coordinated project management and joint technological developments will ensure that our customers worldwide will be able to rapidly realize large-scale PV projects with maximum overall efficiency and a high return on investment.”

SMA and Siemens will work either as separate project partners or as a consortium for technology and services in all areas of electrical engineering to best meet customer requirements, the statement said.

The portfolio of services ranges from planning and commissioning to maintenance of complex large-scale projects in the megawatt range.

The high overall efficiency of the systems and the speed of implementation will also see customers save significantly on system costs, time and effort when it comes to implementing their large-scale projects.

The first product to come from the partnership is a new type of container solution that combines a 2.5 MW central inverter from SMA with a medium-voltage transformer and medium-voltage switchgear from Siemens as a turnkey solution in a standard container.

SMA will be presenting the system solution at Intersolar Europe in Munich for the first time until June 13 (booth B2.210).

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