SMA Solar Technology AG Is First Non-Japanese Manufacturer to Receive JET Certification for Three-Phase Inverter

Niestetal/Tokyo, (PresseBox) - The Japan Electrical Safety & Environment Technology Laboratories (JET) certified the Sunny Tripower 10000 TLEE-JP for sale on the Japanese market. This makes SMA Solar Technology AG the first non-Japanese inverter manufacturer to sell a three-phase JET-certified device in Japan. The inverter specially designed to meet the demands of the Japanese market is now available.

"Measured by market volume, Japan is one of the world's most attractive markets, and the U.S. market research company IHS estimates that it will also be the photovoltaic market with the strongest sales in 2013. Now that the Sunny Tripower has received JET certification, we can cover all market segments in this important market from small residential PV systems and commercial applications to large-scale PV power plants," explains SMA Chief Executive Officer Pierre- Pascal Urbon.

The three-phase Sunny Tripower 10000TLEE-JP is designed for commercial PV plants with an output of more than 10 kilowatt-peak. It offers a peak efficiency of 97.8 percent, which is unmatched in its class. Its robust enclosure for outdoor installations offers excellent protection against dirt, water and salt-containing atmospheres. The inverter's connection area is adapted to Japanese conduits.

Since last year, in addition to the Sunny Tripower 10000TLEE-JP, SMA has also offered JET-certified Sunny Boy inverters for residential PV systems as well as Sunny Central inverters tailored to local requirements on the Japanese market. And this fall, the county's largest PV power plant equipped with SMA inverters and plant monitoring solutions will go into operation. "We expect continued strong growth stimuli from the Japanese photovoltaic market. With our sales and service company in Tokyo as well as our highly efficient inverters across a range of power classes precisely tailored to the demands of the Japanese market, we are extremely well positioned here in all segments," says Pierre-Pascal Urbon.

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The SMA Group generated sales of €1.5 billion in 2012 and is the global market leader for solar inverters, a key component of all PV plants and, as an energy management group, offers innovative key technologies for future power supply structures. It is headquartered in Niestetal, near Kassel, Germany, and is represented internationally in 21 countries. The Group employs more than 5,000 people worldwide. SMA's broad product portfolio includes a compatible inverter for every type of module on the market and for all plant sizes. The product range includes both inverters for photovoltaic plants connected to the grid as well as inverters for off-grid systems. SMA is therefore able to provide ideal technical inverter solutions for all plant sizes and types. Since 2008, the Group's parent company, SMA Solar Technology AG, has been listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (S92) and also in the TecDAX index. In recent years, SMA has received numerous awards for excellence as an employer and achieved first place in the nationwide "Great Place to Work®" competition in 2011 and 2012 and fourth place in 2013.

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