ROCKLIN, Calif., June 24, 2010 – Don Little Group (DLG), a Northern California real estate investment and development advisory firm, has signed SMA America, LLC, the U.S.-based subsidiary of SMA Solar Technology AG, the world’s largest solar inverter manufacturer, to occupy 40,000 sq. ft. of space at Rocklin Corporate Center. Effective August 2010 for a seven-year term, SMA America is relocating its headquarters, more than quadrupling its office space.
SMA Solar Technology AG received the Intersolar Award in the photovoltaics category at this year’s Intersolar in Munich. The prize was awarded for the entirely redesigned Sunny Central 800CP. “CP” stands for compact power: the new SMA central inverters offer both superior output and performance in a small space, and is the first photovoltaic inverter to offer 800 kVA of nominal power in combination with 98.6 percent efficiency as a single device.
SMA has received the Intersolar Award for the second time, once again demonstrating the company’s innovative strength in various market segments. The company received the award for Sunny Boy 5000TL in 2008, ideal for the private rooftop plant segment. This time the award was given to Sunny Central 800CP. The SMA central inverter is specially designed for use in solar power plants, and impressed the jury with its high level of efficiency and contribution to system cost reduction.
We are pleased to welcome SMA America to Rocklin Corporate Center, marking one of the most significant lease deals in the Rocklin region in the last year,” said Don Little, president and CEO of DLG.
“With renewable energy emerging as the wave of the future, SMA America and its cutting-edge solar technology products will be well poised to thrive and grow at its new headquarters.”
As part of a leading international renewable energy company, SMA America produces and provides North America with solar inverter products for all power classes, from small residential photovoltaic (PV) systems through utility-scale systems. Solar inverters are the key component in PV systems that convert direct-current electricity into alternating-current electricity, which is requiredfor use on the public power grid.
SMA America’s move to Rocklin Corporate Center is predicated on its massive growth coupled with its desire for Class A office space in a premier and central location in the Rocklin-Roseville area. Currently, SMA America occupies a 25,000 sq. ft. mixed-use building in the Del Mar business park in Rocklin, 8,000 sq. ft. of which is office space with the rest utilized for its warehouse. SMA America will maintain this location as its service and distribution center, moving all office operations to Rocklin Corporate Center, including sales, marketing, finance and all administrative personnel.