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US and German PV array showcased at Indian solar energy centre

SEC solar array installed to demonstrate US advanced thin film and German inverter and monitoring tech

The solar array is being demonstrated at the SEC outside of New Delhi in India

A solar array made up of US advanced PV and German inverter and monitoring technology is being demonstrated at an Indian energy centre. US firm First Solar, in Arizona, has completed installation of the 3.2kW solar photovoltaic array at the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy's Solar Energy Centre (SEC). It aims to show the potential of using advanced thin film and monitoring technology in India's climatic conditions.

The PV array includes 40 of First Solar's advanced thin film solar modules, a monitoring station, which German firm BEC Engineering has designed and an inverter from company SMA, also based in Germany. It is connected to a 440V mini-grid at the SEC in Gwal Pahari, outside of New Delhi.

The array will provide free, clean electricity to the centre's offices, testing equipment and laboratories. In addition, the system’s monitoring equipment is being used to capture irradiance, climate and system performance data that the centre’s experts can study.

First Solar said the system, which the company has donated to the SEC, will help the centre to achieve its goal of 100 per cent renewable energy consumption, while also demonstrating First Solar's advanced thin-film technology.

Sujoy Ghosh, First Solar's India country head, said: “We are pleased to help support the SEC in its goal of procuring 100 per cent of its own electricity needs from clean solar energy. We welcome the opportunity to demonstrate the performance characteristics and potential of First Solar's thin-film PV technology in India's climatic conditions."