ABB solar inverters harvest the sun in Greece

2012-12-13 - ABB has been awarded contracts for supplying solar inverters for approximately 33 megawatt (MW) in Greece. These inverters are to be used in several different system integrators’ projects scattered around the mainland of Greece, scheduled to be commissioned in the coming two to three months.

ABB in Greece will supply 500 and 630 kilowatt (kW) central inverters to several ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) power plants around the mainland. The size of the plants ranges from 100 kilowatt-peak (kWp) up to 5,9 MWp in size, the majority of them being approximately 500 kWp in power. These systems will produce approximately 45.000 MWh clean, CO2-free energy annually.

In addition to the central inverters, ABB’s scope of supply includes medium voltage transformers and switchgear for efficient and secure medium voltage grid connection. For 18 MWp of these projects, ABB also delivers the housings for the inverters and medium voltage equipment.

“Our solar inverter offering is complemented with a broad range of ABB’s high quality medium voltage transformers and grid connection equipment suitable specifically for PV power plants. This, together with ABB’s local capabilities, gives the customer a real one-stop-buying advantage that has proven its value in the dynamic and fast paced PV business,” says Manolis Antipas, manager of Discrete Automation and Motion division of ABB in Greece. “The high efficiency and easy to maintain industrial design of our central inverters, in addition to ABB’s local technical support were one of the important aspects of why ABB was selected as the inverter supplier. I expect there to be continuation of projects in near future.”

The ABB central inverter series, rated from 100 to 630 kW, is designed for multi-megawatt PV power plants as well as large and medium sized installations on commercial and industrial buildings. With the central inverter’s certification as well as advanced and flexible grid support functions, it is possible to meet all applicable network connection requirements, regardless of where the project is located. To help 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 ( 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 145,000 people.

Sun is shining over Greece, when it comes to the PV market which is growing steadily despite of the current economic recession