The inverter manufacturer, SMA, has launched the Sunny Boy 700, its latest entry into the U.S. solar inverter market. The new launch became official with the Underwriter Laboratory’s (UL) approval of SMA’s latest grid-tie 700-watt offering.Grass Valley, California – August 21, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] “Due to the new 700’s modularity, this grid tie inverter is ideally designed for small starter homes or solar-on school initiatives designed to deliver 1kW or less,” said Sam Vanderhoof, SMA-America’s Director of Marketing. “The 700 gives the end-user a low cost entry point with plenty of room for system expansion.” “Although we expect the introduction of Sunny Boy 700 to grow new markets for smaller systems, it is also very adaptable to housing development opportunities,” said Vanderhoof. “This new product will enable large developers to differentiate their homes by installing a new energy solution that can expand to 3kW or more by the eventual home buyer.” SMA-America, located in Grass Valley, California since 2001, also anticipates the release of its new Sunny Boy 1100-watt inverter in the “very near future”, according to Vanderhoof. Founded in Germany in 1981, SMA is the originator of the Sunny Boy inverter product line. SMA manufactures grid interactive inverters for supplementary grid feeding as well as island grid inverters for off-grid applications.