Siemens upgrades Chicago plant to make photovoltaic solar inverters

The company invested about $10 million upgrading two buildings at the location, one of which will support the growing demand for solar power in the United States

Aug 24th, 2011

Atlanta, August 24, 2011 — Siemens Industry, Inc. is celebrating the production of its SINVERT solar inverters at its recently-updated manufacturing plant located in West Chicago, Ill.

The company invested about $10 million upgrading two buildings at the location, one of which will support the growing demand for solar power in the United States.

Siemens is currently producing SINVERT PVS inverters in West Chicago to support a 20 MW solar project in the Southwest United States. This multi-million dollar contract was secured in early 2011, with commissioning of the inverters slated for October of this year.

Siemens West Chicago manufacturing facilities, comprising 200,000 square-feet in two buildings, employs 350 people. In addition to producing solar inverters, Siemens also manufactures motor control centers, enclosed motor starters, switchboards and control cabinets at the facilities.

Siemens has renovated and modernized both buildings at the location, implementing a number of employee suggestions designed to improve productivity and efficiency.

Siemens photovoltaic inverters take DC power as input generated from PV-Modules and convert it into AC power, which is then relayed into the power grid. The West Chicago plant is capable of producing inverters with an annual output of about 500 MW.

The solar industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S., surpassing $6 billion in sales in 2010 with more than 2.6 GW of installed solar capacity nationwide.

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