Supplying 225 MW clean power in India
2013-01-14 - For the first time, ABB will provide Solar products manufactured at its local facility in Nelamangala.
ABB in India has been contracted to supply solar inverters for over 225 megawatt (MW) in 2012 alone, more than three times the orders booked in the last financial year, 2011-2012. With local manufacturing in the Nelamangala facility, for the first time, ABB will provide all 225 MW of inverters from its Indian factory.
The lion’s share of these orders comes from two major projects combining a 125 MW photovoltaic power plant project for Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (MAHAGENCO) in the state of Maharashtra in western India.
In addition, ABB is also supplying inverters and string monitoring box (SMB) for various projects of a 45 MW solar power plant coming up in Madhya Pradesh as a part of State policy to support renewable solar power projects.
ABB has also partnered with major customers in India, supplying inverters for the 20 MW power project, which is under construction in the state of Maharastra, as a part of National Solar Mission Phase-I Batch-II. ABB is also supplying solar inverters for an additional capacity of 55 MW for various projects under KREDL, REC and Gujarat Solar Schemes this year.
“This year we have taken a great leap in the solar inverter market in India. This is a part of ABB’s commitment to green energy and sustainability,” says D Chawla, Head of Inverter Business in India.
The Indian government has set the country an ambitious target, to produce 20 gigawatts of solar power by the end of 2020. The target is part of a national solar mission to increase the country’s power generation capacity, reduce its dependency on coal, and provide affordable green power to the western part of the country which has a shortage of power. Large-scale photovoltaic projects are important contributors to the fulfillment of that mission. The benefits to the community at large are enormous ― 225 MW translates to 330 million kilowatt hours; and as 40 units can power one rural home, this project can potentially light up 8.25 million houses.
ABB works closely with majors like Lanco, Megha Engineering, ACME, TATA Power Solar, Waree Energies, Enrich Energy, Visa Ecotech and Rays Expert. “We have realigned our business model according to the requirement of Indian market. We have started manufacturing of inverter panels in India. This helps us in on-time delivery as well as extending the best possible support locally from India. We retained most of our previous customers and also added few more new customers this year,” added Chawla. This year ABB continues to partner for 175 MW with its trusted customers.
ABB plays a vital role in delivering this ambitious target by supplying solar inverters to power 325 MW of solar projects in the last two years. The Inverter group also supports some of these projects by supplying string monitoring system and SCADA for the complete solar power plant. Our core strength lies in delivering a highly efficient, highly reliable product on time. With a well established service network in India, ABB Solar Inverter group is able to cater to industry needs by providing life cycle service support.
ABB offers a diverse and proven portfolio of products and solutions for the entire solar power value chain. In addition to a comprehensive offering for residential, commercial and utility-scale photovoltaic applications, ABB offers full service and operations and maintenance support for both ABB and third-party-commissioned plants.