Smartsolar, a developer of rooftop solar PV systems in Honduras, has completed the largest rooftop power plant in Latin America, with energy produced by SMA Sunny Tripower TL-US three-phase, transformerless string inverters and Jinko Solar modules. Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández attended the recent commissioning ceremony for the 3 MW system, located at the PepsiCo bottling plant in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
The decentralized system comprises 98 SMA Sunny Tripower 24000TL-US inverters and 11,702 Jinko Solar modules. It is expected to generate 4,252,423 kWh of power annually, enough to offset 16 percent of the manufacturing facility’s energy consumption.
Project owner Embotelladora de Sula, S.A. (EMSULA) installed solar at the PepsiCo bottling plant in order to reduce power costs; better manage energy price fluctuations; be a more competitive, socially responsible company; and positively impact the environment by reducing its carbon footprint.
“We are honored to help EMSULA and PepsiCo reach their energy and sustainability goals,” said Henry Dziuba, president and general manager of SMA America. “The Sunny Tripower TL-US is the complete commercial solution, optimizing design, production and reliability while reducing the levelized cost of energy and improving financial returns.”
The rooftop solar system boasts peak efficiency of more than 98 percent while its OptiTrac™ Global Peak maximum power point (MPP) tracking algorithm and delivers full grid management features including power factor correction, low-voltage ride through, curtailment and frequency response. It also offers monitoring and communications features allowing start/stop/reset remote capability. Safety and reliability have been enhanced due to its all-pole ground fault protection, integrated AFCI, reverse polarity indicator and DC monitoring per MPPT, granular down to four strings.
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This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.