May 23, 2013 – ABB plans to start production of central inverters in South Africa to support the rapidly growing local photovoltaic (PV) market and local content requirements.
ABB plans to open the new inverter production line at its existing facilities in Johannesburg in 2014. The line for its PVS800 range of central inverters will have a production capacity of approximately 500 megawatts (MW) a year. It will produce 630 kilowatt (kW), 875kW and 1,000kW central inverters.
The company already produces solar inverters in Estonia, India and China.
"With this investment in a new production line, ABB further reinforces its position as a global renewables leader with attention to local market needs," said Ulrich Spiesshofer, head of ABB's Discrete Automation and Motion division. "The region's energy needs are set to grow with economic expansion and with South Africa looking to benefit from its abundance of sunshine we will be in an even better position to serve our local customers."
ABB installed its first two 500kW PV solar projects near Johannesburg in 2011, and has since gained a delivery pipeline of approximately 90 megawatts (MW) of central inverters.
The ABB central inverter series, rated from 100 to1000kW, is designed for multi-megawatt PV power plants. The inverter series is based on ABB's frequency converter platform.