Sunny Perspectives for Solar Energy in Latin America

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Sunny Perspectives for Solar Energy in Latin America

 

Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, El Salvador, Panama, Ecuador and Colombia – all those are sunny countries with a rich photovoltaics potential that remains mainly untapped. This is going to change: From November 26 – 30, SMA was hosting wholesalers from these countries at the Solar Academy. Through seminars, they became familiar with SMA’s product line and learnt about new PV markets.

César Villalta, a technical trainer at the Solar Academy, provided the guests with important facts about PV plant monitoring technology, explained communications products such as Sunny Design, and shared information about plant planning for island systems using the Off-Grid Configurator – and that in the native language of the visitors, Spanish. The Latin American participants, some 20 in all, were being very well prepared to meet the challenges of new PV markets – such as those in their respective countries – and to pass on what they’ve learned to local plant planners and installers.

“Given that the amount of solar energy generated in Mexico is expected to grow from its current 44 megawatts to as much as 2,000 megawatts over the next eight years, it is crucial to strengthen photovoltaics in Central America,” states Jorge Luis Torres Carrillo, sales engineer in Sales New Markets. With colleagues he worked to organize the event and was looking after the guests during their five-day stay.

We have interviewed some of the visitors about the potential and the challenges of their PV markets.

 

In decembre, we have expanded our global presence with a new sales and service company in Chile

21 Comments
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    Robert Smart says:

    Jorge Luis Torres Carrillo is correct in his statement concerning Mexico.
    Today I am calling Corporate to inform them of 2 Giga-PV projects and
    1 Hybrid Solution Project for SMA here in Mexico with generous funding.
    Absolutely the finest web site presentation I have seen for quite some time.
    Looking forward to a long and profitable relation with SMA.

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    • Leonie Blume
      Leonie Blume says:

      Hi Robert,
      Congratulations to those promising projects and thanks a lot for your comment. We are looking forward to many more of these stories.
      Best wishes
      Leonie

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    Udo Werner Schmiedt says:

    We in the South of Brazil are also starting with pohotovoltaic energy as a new source for our costumers, we participated in the last edition of Expodireto and noticed a overwelming search for our functional instalation of a SunnyBoy3.000 and two Skystream windtrubines, that indicates we entered in the right track of energy. The futures is now with SMA ! Udo Werner Schmiedt Eng.Agr.M.Sc. udwesc@gmail.com http://www.tropicalgardencenter.blogspot.com

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    Henrique says:

    Hello.
    I would like to know more about your plans in Brazil and how to have access to the SMA training courses.
    Tks.

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    marcelo martin amaral says:

    SMA should promote businesses of PV energy in Rio de Janeiro state ( Rio de Janeiro, Búzios, Cabo Frio, Macaé, Campos and so on) and, of course, in the northeast of Brazil. Indeed, trainning of persons to install the system in houses and hotels must be enhanced. I believe in the financing the system by government banks (CEF, Banco do Brasil, BNB and BNDES)too.
    The best idea is to start a SMA industry in the state of Rio de Janeiro. I suggest Cabo Frio region.

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    Pablo Maril says:

    Hi, I am writing from Argentina, I have been at a presentation of SMA in the GreenAR 2013, and like to know if there are chances to have your seminars and any specific training here.

    It would be really interesting for all of us, the installers.

    Any chance?

    Thanks a lot,

    Pablo

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    • Leonie Blume
      Leonie Blume says:

      Hi Pablo,

      Thanks for your request and your interest.

      We are planning a training in March 2014 in Buenos Aires. If we have more details we will inform you via email, OK?

      Best regards
      Leonie

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    Juan says:

    Hi: Will you be hosting an SMA Academy event for Latam? We are in Colombia and would find it very useful. Thanks, Juan

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    • Leonie Blume
      Leonie Blume says:

      Hi Juan,
      Thanks for your interest in our seminars. We will try to find out for you until the beginning of next week.
      Best regards
      Leonie

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    Victor says:

    Hi Leonie,
    I´ve been looking for a SMA supplier for the region, maybe you can help me with this.
    Best regards
    Victor

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    Daniel Serrano EE says:

    I would like to take a cours or seminar about SMA PV systems in orther to apply commertialy
    please send information and costs.
    If you have a distribuitor in Mexico, let me know.
    I wil appreciate your fool data.

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    David Rojas says:

    Hi, I’m from Ecuador and I am a solar installer focused on microinverters, actually I’m using another brand of microinverter but I would like to test SMA Microinverters, I will appreciate you to include my email on your mailing list, also I want to try SMA Academy.

    May you help me to meet a Latam representative by email/skype to know more about microinverters?, especially for 110-120V/60Hz version.

    Thanks in advance for keep in touch with me. Regards

    David Rojas
    Guayaquil – Ecuador
    Skype: daviderojas
    http://www.redsolar.ec

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    • Leonie Blume
      Leonie Blume says:

      Hi David,
      Thanks a lot for your request.
      My colleague Matthias will get back to you.
      Best regards and a sunny week
      Leonie

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    Francisco Vargas G says:

    Hi Leonie ,
    We are an integrator company based operations on Baja California Sur, Mexico. Our company near to become the benchmarking for Solar Energy installations in our State. After Hurricane Odile, battery backup systems have become a priority. We enjoy SMA’s solution and look forward in shifting our near sales and operations from Fronius to SMA and will need to send our crew for further training curses. Currently we are authorized service dealers for Fronius, witch we intend repeat and include more SMA into our operations looking into a def solution. Is it possible for you to hook up our company to the right person who can attend our inquiery?

    Thank you in advance.
    Sincerely,
    Francisco V.
    C.O.O

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    • Leonie Blume
      Leonie Blume says:

      Hi Francisco,
      Thanks a lot for your inquiery. I have forwarded it to my colleague Jorge Luis Torres Carrillo who will contact you directly via email.
      Have a nice week
      Leonie

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    Jose Alexander says:

    I want to Know about training and webinars i am at dominican repúblic

    My interest its open a sma partner here

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    Leonardo says:

    Hi Leonie,

    General Energy is a company located in Salvador-Bahia-Brazil. We are focused on industrial PV systems. I´ve been looking for a SMA supplier in Brazil, maybe you can help me with this.

    Best regards,

    Leonardo

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