September 29, 2023

🔒 Siemens to fabricate photo voltaic inverters at Sanmina’s Nice Prairie facility

Germany-based multinational expertise conglomerate Siemens introduced Tuesday that it plans to start manufacturing photovoltaic string inverters at Sanmina’s facility in Nice Prairie. Photovoltaics is the conversion of sunshine into electrical energy (solar energy) utilizing semiconducting supplies.

San Jose, California-based Sanmina is an electronics producer that serves OEMs within the communications and {hardware} fields, and is a long-time manufacturing accomplice of Siemens.

Siemens mentioned Sanmina’s Nice Prairie facility will assist it “meet elevated demand for localized manufacturing of important components for photovoltaic initiatives whereas serving to clients benefit from the total worth of photo voltaic tax credit and home content material incentives.”

Siemens’ work on the Sanmina facility in Nice Prairie will create as much as a dozen jobs through the preliminary ramp-up interval with plans to develop employment on the facility and thru the regional provide chain sooner or later, Siemens mentioned.

The Siemens manufacturing on the facility is anticipated to start in early 2024 and can scale as much as a capability of 5,200 string inverters per 12 months, the corporate mentioned. The string inverters, which is able to vary from 125 to 155 kilowatts, might be manufactured with a California Vitality Fee effectivity of 99%. The inverters are designed for 1000- or 1500-volt DC photo voltaic array enter and might be utilized for both decentralized or digital central design architectures, the corporate mentioned.

Manufacturing on the Nice Prairie facility joins a rising household of Siemens infrastructure manufacturing hubs throughout the U.S., the corporate mentioned.

“This new manufacturing line on the Sanmina facility represents Siemens’ strategic priorities to finest serve our U.S. clients whereas being a key accomplice in our nation’s transition to a extra sustainable future,” mentioned Ruth Gratzke, president of Siemens Good Infrastructure USA. “The investments we’re making in communities like Kenosha (Nice Prairie) and the work that we’ll be doing to carry renewable infrastructure to life could have an important impression as we work in direction of our net-zero objectives as a rustic.”

Siemens made the announcement along side President Joe Biden’s go to to Milwaukee on Tuesday. Biden spoke on the Ingeteam plant in Milwaukee. Ingeteam, primarily based in Spain, makes mills and converters for wind generators and solar energy inverters at its Milwaukee plant.

That is the second time this month {that a} overseas firm introduced plans to accomplice with Sanmina on a producing mission at its Nice Prairie plant. End-based telecommunications firm Nokia introduced that in 2024, it is going to start manufacturing fiber-optic broadband community electronics merchandise at Sanmina’s Nice Prairie facility. The partnership between the businesses is anticipated to create as much as 200 jobs on the facility.

By manufacturing its merchandise in Nice Prairie, Nokia would be the first firm to make merchandise that might be utilized in the US’ Broadband Fairness, Entry and Deployment (BEAD) program. The BEAD program goals to slim the digital divide throughout the U.S. and contribute to financial development and job creation. Gaining access to expertise that’s constructed within the U.S. is a key consideration for states and infrastructure gamers that wish to participate within the BEAD program and the $42 billion of obtainable federal funding allotted for broadband rollouts to unserved and underserved communities.

Vice President Kamala Harris spoke on the Sanmina plant to tout the partnership between Sanmina and Nokia, and the BEAD program.