Yesterday Germany’s SMA entered into a deal to become one of Sunrun’s preferred inverter suppliers for the residential market. The inverter maker will supply its Sunny Boy US inverters and its Power+ Solution with module-level power electronics, as well as its Sunny Boy Storage US inverters to accompany solar PV and storage systems on the homes of Sunrun customers.
But while the deal brings together two of the largest names in the U.S. solar industry, SMA has declined to supply any details as to the volume of inverters that it expects to supply, and appears to be only one of several preferred suppliers to the American solar company.
SMA notes that all of the inverters in its Sunny Boy line are now equipped with its SMA Smart Connected solution for automatic monitoring, and that its Sunny Boy US line of inverters has been certified to the latest UL 1741 SA standard in advance of this standard becoming mandatory.
SMA appears to be targeting multiple U.S. market segments, and recently announced that it has achieved a cumulative total of 10 GW of installed Sunny Central inverters in North America, giving it a 25% share of the utility-scale market to date.