ABB central inverters successfully feed power to power distribution network at first megawatt-scale PV power plant in Mauritius

2014-03-20 - ABB has delivered central inverters for a 15.2 MWp ground-mounted PV power plant SARAKO PVP Co. Ltd. at La Feme, Bambous in Mauritius.
ABB has supplied 17 central inverters, ranging from 630 kilowatt (kW) up to 1,000 kW for a ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) power plant located on the island of Mauritius. The total size of the PV plant is 15.2 MWp (megawatt peak). The PV plant was successfully connected to the power distribution network (i.e. the grid) in the middle of February 2014 and will produce approximately 24 gigawatt-hours of clean energy a year and save approximately 15,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

In addition to the central inverters, ABB also supplied and commissioned on a turnkey basis the medium-voltage gas-insulated switchgear and power and distribution transformers, as well as a variety of high-voltage substation equipment including the new plug and switch system (PASS), to monitor and control the plant. This PV plant was developed by the Tauber-Solar Group from Germany. The inverters are installed in locally built housings developed and provided by ABB’s partner company Conecon.


The 15.2 MWp plant is the first megawatt-scale PV power plant on the island.

“The high efficiency and easy-to-maintain industrial design of our inverters and ABB’s local technical support are the key success factors for ABB central inverters. All these together offer customers a real, bankable solution we are able to support for years to come,” says Ajay Vij, country manager at ABB Mauritius. “There is good potential in Mauritius for solar power, and I expect more projects to come.”

According to Vij, “Mauritius, with its population of 1.2 million people, has high ambitions to increase its use of renewable energy sources in order to reduce its reliance on imported energy. Wind power is being introduced and the government has set clear targets for solar energy as well. The country is targeting large-scale PV plants and small-scale PV installations in commercial and residential buildings.” Together with wind power, the share of renewable energy fed into the national grid will be significant. “To increase the share of renewables even beyond these targets, energy storage systems like pumped-storage hydroelectricity systems and other advanced technology can be considered. The island is a kind of mini-grid, and this may be an interesting opportunity for grid stabilization equipment, of which ABB has a wide range,” Vij continues.

“We see the project as much more than the generation of clean energy to be fed into the grid. This project is in line with the philosophy of the Government of Mauritius,” said Mr. Sham Seetaram, Director of SARAKO PVP Co Ltd, referring to the “Maurice Ile Durable” concept and ongoing program.

The ABB central inverter PVS800 series, rated from 100 kW to 1,000 kW, is designed for multi-megawatt PV power plants as well as large PV installations in commercial and industrial buildings. With a wide list of approvals and with advanced and flexible grid support functions, it is possible to meet all the applicable network connection requirements, regardless of where the project is located. To help meet bankability requirements and secure the highest return on investment, ABB supports its customers with a dedicated global service network providing a complete range of life cycle services in more than 60 countries.

ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 150,000 people. ABB established its operations in Mauritius in 1998 by opening an office to provide local sales, technical expertise and service to ABB customers on the island.

ABB supplied 17 central inverters, ranging from 630 kW up to 1,000 kW for a PV power plant located on the island of Mauritius.

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