Sputnik Engineering, manufacturer of SolarMax inverters, has announced that more than 65MW of its inverters were successfully installed in the first quarter of 2014.

The inverters were used in five ground-mounted solar farms which were all commissioned in time to claim the higher 1.6ROC subsidy. The Swiss manufacturer estimates that the farms will produce enough electricity to power around 25,000 homes in the UK.

In order to successfully complete the installations, SolarMax engineers were sent to each of the sites to expedite the installation process and ensure they were connected before the April reference date.

Commenting on the achievement, Martin Allman, UK regional manager for Sputnik Engineering, said: “We are delighted that all of the solar farms were delivered, installed and commissioned on schedule. This success is in no small part down to the excellent on-site collaboration and professionalism of SolarMax engineers in spite of the usual problems with adverse weather and difficult site conditions.”

Despite the continued uncertainty around the ROC rate in 2015/16, SolarMax has reported that it has a significant pipeline for 2014/15. Allman commented that the increased interest has come from the rising popularity of the company’s TS-SV central inverters and the new 30.32/kW HT string inverter which is coming to the UK in June.