SMA South America: Small Team With Big Potential

SMA reference project, Chile

SMA is represented in 21 countries around the world and in our series introducing new foreign companies we also highlight emergent photovoltaic markets. Today’s focus is on SMA South America which is based in Chile.


SMA South America was founded one year ago. During their first year, the team there was busy. They spent time making contacts and implementing their first projects, and at the end of March, SMA South America inaugurated their new office in Santiago de Chile with an official ceremony.  As part of the festivities, Vice President Sales Emerging Markets, Oussama Chehab, General Manager Daniel Rosende and his team warmly welcomed important customers such as PV project developers, EPCs, utility company representatives among other stakeholders. The project developers’ serious interest in our products and in collaborating with SMA underscore the South American market’s potential and the urgency of the energy transition.


Chile has 300 Sunny days per year

The climatic and geologic conditions in Chile such as varying altitudes and seismic activities pose significant challenges to SMA products and service. However, because of optimal irradiation values and an increasing energy demand the interest in solar energy is obviously huge.

“We are a small, quick-witted team that, in addition to managing the organizational tasks involved in establishing a fully functioning foreign company, is already implementing its first large-scale PV project,” Daniel said proudly. “South America is a photovoltaic market with incredible potential and we will gradually tap into it, starting in Santiago.”


Initial reference projects

Back at the end of 2012, the team supplied Sunny Tripower inverters for the largest PV plant to date in northwestern Chile. The PV plant now supplies solar energy to a plantation’s irrigation system. At 1.2 MWp, it is the largest PV plant to be connected to the Chilean Central Interconnected System SIC (Sistema Interconectado Central).

The progress in Chile continues, equipped with four Sunny Central inverters with Optiprotect and two Transformer Compact Stations, the first 3-MW project is expected to begin operation by the end of May of 2013.


SMA South AmericaProfile of Chile

16.8 million inhabitants (Germany: 81.7 million)

Area: 755,696 km², usable land area for PV: 97% (Germany: 357,121 km²)

310 sunny days per year (Germany: 275 sunny days per year)

5 percent economic growth (2012) (Germany: 0.7 percent)


Target: 7 GW of energy growth by 2020, mainly from renewable energy sources

Prospects: High solar irradiation, many sites suitable for PV farms

Challenges: Heat, extreme altitudes, grid capacity

SMA subsidiary founded: February 2012

SMA operational start: August 2012



SMA South America SpA
Calle Cerro El Plomo 5630,
Torre 8 – Of. 1804, Las Condes
CP 7560742, Santiago, Chile
Phone +56 2 2820 2110
Fax +56 2 2820 2199


Phone +34 93 56 350 99

Chosen customers at the office inaugauration of SMA South America at the beginning of 2013

Chosen customers at the office inaugauration of SMA South America at the beginning of 2013


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