AltaTerra Online Briefing to Highlight the Role and Evolution of Next Generation Inverters

AltaTerra Research to deliver online briefing on next generation utility-scale inverters with guest speakers Jurgen Krehnke, President of SMA America, and Tom McCalmont of McCalmont Engineering on December 9.

Palo Alto, CA, November 17, 2010 --( AltaTerra Research will discuss the role of next generation, utility-scale inverters in the online briefing "Smart Solar: Next Generation Inverters," to be held Thursday, December 9 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific/2:00 p.m. Eastern.

According to AltaTerra’s report, “Utility Solar: U.S. Market Takes Off,” the utility market will have experienced annual growth near 400 percent by the end of 2010. Of all 2010 utility installations, 68 percent are projects of 10 MW or greater. As the utility segment grows and project size increases, advanced central inverters are evolving to meet the changing market dynamics and demands of customers, regulators, and utilities.

The online briefing will feature Jurgen Krehnke, President of SMA America, a leading inverter manufacturer, discussing how next generation inverters have evolved, including how inverters are improving system performance and capabilities of future utility-scale inverters. The briefing will also focus on the changing role inverters are having interacting with the electricity grid, including a review of current standards, proposed changes to the standards, and how inverters are a lynchpin to the development of the smart grid. Joining Mr. Krehnke, Tom McCalmont, CEO of McCalmont Engineering will provide insight into customer demands and emerging applications for next generation inverters for large commercial and utility-scale plants.

"Next generation inverters are a vital component of improving system performance, enabling for the creation of the smart grid, and allowing for higher penetration of solar energy on the grid. We are excited to have one of the leading inverter manufacturers and solar plant engineers to discuss how next generation inverters are evolving and what it means for customers,” said AltaTerra’s Jon Guice, who organized the briefing and will lead the session with an industry overview.

The online briefing is designed for solar power professionals and consultants, corporate energy managers, electric utility procurement, generation, and transmission personnel, environmental organizations, financial and investment groups, legal staff and compliance officers, regulatory and PR staffers, municipal officials and staff, and renewable energy project developers.

Further information about the online briefing and registration are available online at

A limited number of press passes are available. Press pass requests may be submitted at

Further information about the report, “Utility Solar: U.S. Market Takes Off,” is available at


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