Latin America’s Largest Rooftop PV Array Built at PepsiCo Facility in Honduras

published: 2015-05-07 15:00 | category: News

The largest rooftop PV power plant in Latin America has been completed by Smartsolar, a developer of rooftop PV systems in Honduras. Smartersolar chose SMA inverters and JinkoSolar PV Modules for the 3MW system atop the PepsiCo bottling plant. The array is expected to generate approximately 4,250,000 kWh of solar power per year and offset 16% of the manufacturing facility’s energy consumption.

The rooftop PV system comprises 98 SMA Sunny Tripower 24000TL-US inverters and 11,702 JinkoSolar PV modules. (related post) It is owned and installed by Embotelladora de Sula, S.A. (EMSULA). The commercial project will reduce the bottling plant’s power costs and will better manage energy price fluctuations.

“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 Sunny Tripower TL-US features flexibility, high efficiency and enhanced safety so they are an ideal solution for decentralized commercial PV plants. These inverters are available in 12, 15 and 20 kW modes and their OptiTrac™ Global Peak maximum power point (MPP) tracking algorithm helps maximize energy production by minimizing the effects of shade.

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