Kingston Solar LP has selected SMA operations and maintenance (O&M ) services and central inverters for its 140 MW DC PV system in Kingston, Ontario, which will be the largest solar project in Canada when complete next year.
According to the agreement, SMA Service will assume operational management of the Kingston Solar project upon commercial operation, and for the next decade. Later this year, SMA will begin delivery of the 125 Sunny Central 800CP-US inverters that will power the system.
Plant-wide O&M services were added to SMA’s top-ranked service portfolio last year as it was also selected to provide the same services for a 130MW DC Grand Renewable Solar project in Haldimand County, Ontario. SMA O&M focuses on three plans—Preventative, Proactive and Performance, plus additional individual services that can be integrated in a flexible fashion, resulting in a highly customized solution. Project owner Kingston Solar LP selected the Proactive plan with additional support services and extended warranties.
“We were highly focused on selecting an O&M provider who we felt had the experience and capacity to maximize uptime and minimize any potential maintenance issues for a project of Kingston Solar’s scale,” said Matt O’Brien, president of Kingston Solar LP, the project’s owner. “We believe SMA has both the technical and management expertise to deliver this investment-grade O&M service."