From zero to 100 MW in less than two years
2012-11-28 - Our solar inverter combines maximum efficiency and high reliability with lowest auxiliary power requirement in the industry
The Indian solar market is one of the fastest growing solar markets in the world. The Indian Government’s policy response to this rapid growth was the launch of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, which triggered technological developments, particularly in the solar inverter market.
ABB in India entered the solar market in 2010. Less than two years later, we have reached the magic figure of 100 megawatt (MW) capacity supplied and 85 MW commissioned. The 100 MW of solar power generates 160 million kilowatt hours (kWh) per year. In real terms: it takes about 480-500 units to power one rural home for a year; hence, 160 million kWh has the potential to light up 320,000 homes. The 100 MW of renewable energy used, also offers substantial carbon savings of almost 87 tons per year.
D Chawla, Manager for Low Voltage Drives offers a perspective on our collective global experience in inverters, “Irrespective of area of application, just in terms of hardware alone, we have supplied up to 100 gigawatts (GW) in capacity worldwide, i.e. more than 100 times the output of all solar installations in India today.”
ABB inverters offer grid-supporting features such as low voltage ride-through, anti-islanding and power factor compensation as in-built features, thus ensuring reliability with the Indian grid. “What you want is high total efficiency with high reliability and long life; and that’s what our product is good at,” says D Chawla.
We partner leading EPC companies like Tata BP, whom we supported in the commissioning of one of the major grid- connected solar power plants in India. Along with Tata BP, we commissioned the 17 MW-capacity solar power plant spread over 100 acres of land in Mithapur, Gujarat. Other customers include ACME group that set up a 15 MW plant that operates on solar PV thin film technology at Wadgam, Khambhat in Gujarat, and Gujarat Industries Power Company Limited’s (GIPCL), 5 MW solar power plant at Vastan Mines of Surat Lignite Power Plant in Gujarat. We have also delivered EPC solutions to customers like Punj Lloyd Delta Renewables Private Limited for the 5 MW PV power plant we established for them in Bap, Rajasthan.