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Sunny South Africa Attracting Solar Inverter Manufacturers

Two major manufacturers are looking to capitalize on the bur- geoning South African solar market by opening production centers in the country.

ABB plans to open a new inverter production line at its existing facilities in Johannesburg in 2014. The line for its PVS800 range of central inverters will have a production capacity of approximately 500 MW per year. It will produce 630-kW, 875-kW and 1000-kW central inverters. The company already produces solar inverters in Estonia, India and China.

In related news, solar technology manufacturer SMA Solar Technology AG will expand its presence in South Africa by setting up a production facility to produce the Sunny Central inverter. The company has already begun preparations on the new line.

Both companies cite the local content requirements as drivers for their decisions to expand manufacturing into the region. 

This article is part of our regional news briefs in the upcoming completely redesigned Renewable Energy World digital magazine. Subscribe here to recieve a free copy.

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