SMA Battery Inverters For 20 MW Energy Storage Project

Sunny Central Storage battery inverter

Sunny Central Storage battery inverter

Solar inverter manufacturer SMA has announced it is supplying Sunny Central Storage battery inverters for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP’s) Beacon Energy Storage System.

Thirteen of SMA’s Sunny Central Storage 2750-EV-US battery inverters will be used for the project.

“Global demand for storage technologies is rising and the seamless integration of renewable energies will become one of the major challenges for the energy supply of the future,” said Volker Wachenfeld, Executive Vice President Business Unit Offgrid and Storage at SMA. ” We are proud that SMA is already offering the right solutions for future-proof energy systems with system technology for integrating storage systems.”

The Beacon Energy Storage System is located near LADWP’s 250 MW Beacon solar farm. It will support a total of 600 MW of solar power and 135 MW of wind power projects in the region. The facility will also provide grid regulation, frequency response, and load following capacity.

The Department is also planning the development of a 30 MW Phase 2 Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) expansion at the Beacon site.

In January this year, LADWP set a goal of reaching 178 megawatts (MW) of energy storage by 2021 and 404 MW by 2025. The 2025 goal is equivalent to approximately 10% of LADWP’s customer energy load on an average day.

LADWP’s efforts will play a major part in attaining the Los Angeles’ “Sustainable City pLAn” target of 1,750 MW of energy storage by 2025.

In other recent news from SMA, the company announced earlier this week it had won a Manufacturing Excellence Award (MX Award) in the Process Innovation and Product Innovation categories.

Also in the last week, the company released its third quarter financial update.

Between January to September 2017, 5.9 GW of  SMA inverter capacity was sold globally. SMA said it recorded significant improvement in Asian markets during the period, where sales increased  43%, and  also saw rising sales in the EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) region.

However, overall sales globally decreased approximately 16.5% Q1–Q3 compared to the same period last year. SMA attributes the main cause as being weak business with central inverters for large-scale PV power plants in North America.

The company still expects brisk end-of-year business and is confident of achieving its objective for the year, albeit at the lower end of previous sales guidance.

About Michael Bloch

Michael caught the solar power bug after purchasing components to cobble together a small off-grid PV system in 2008. He's been reporting on Australian and international solar energy news ever since.


  1. Hi Young Ron.
    The (large-economy-sized) cynic in me says this sounds too good to be true. On the other hand Brazilian products have a sort of ‘Aldi’ reputation: Useful middle-of-the-road products at better than average prices.

    It’d need someone with more expertise ~ and time ~ to thoroughly sus this lot out, but thought I’d bring them to your attention.
    Interested to se what ~ if anything ~ you think. If kosher ( and keeping in mind there’s only ONE certainty, maybe, in life) I’d be willing to put some money into getting them into Oz.
    Batteries included?; my favourite L/A, no doubt.

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