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Swiss power tech firm expands solar inverter production to India

ABB opens 500MW central inverter production line in Bangalore to support rapidly growing local PV market

Over 100MW of ABB central inverters have been installed at solar power plants in India since the end of 2011

Swiss power and automation technology firm ABB has expanded production of its solar inverters to India. The company has opened the Indian production line in Bangalore to support the rapidly growing local PV market in the BRIC country.

The production capacity of the line for ABB’s central inverter PVS800 product range is more than 500MW annually. Due to the industrial design of the inverters, which is optimised for manufacturability, possible production line extensions can be considered quickly and easily according to market needs.

The production line opened at the company’s facilities in Bangalore, India at the end of 2012. The first orders from the new line have been delivered and over 200MW of orders are booked.

Rapid PV grow

ABB said the Indian PV market is one of the most rapidly growing solar power markets in the world. The long-term commitment of the Indian government to developing a sound and healthy PV market makes it reasonable for ABB to expand production.

Antti Suontausta, ABB’s global product group manager for renewable energy power converters, said: “With this new production facility we can support our customers in India with even more rapid delivery times and provide faster support for varying project needs. On-time execution and delivery of projects is vitally important for customers, especially now when the market is booming,” he added.

Since the end of 2011, over 100MW of ABB central inverters have been installed in India. The company said after the latest orders, the installed base of ABB central inverters in the country will increase rapidly.

Local solar solutions

KN Sreevatsa, the local business unit manager for ABB Power Conversion in India, said the company’s central inverters are also supported through a local service organisation in India spanning the entire value chain from pre-purchase to installation and maintenance.

“ABB’s solar inverter range is complemented by local solutions and products, such as string monitoring junction boxes, SCADA monitoring and a control system package, all of which helps ABB stand out from other inverter manufacturers,” he said. 

The news from ABB follows other European company’s inverter technology playing a role in boosting India’s PV sector in 2013. This includes the inverters of Dutch firm AEG Power Solutions being selected to develop a 30MW solar power plant in the BRIC country in February.