ABB plans to start making central inverters in South Africa to support the rapidly growing local photovoltaic 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 about 500 MW a year. It will produce 630 kW, 875 kW and 1,000 kW central inverters. The company already produces solar inverters in Estonia, India and China.
According to ABB, South Africa is one of the world’s fastest growing PV solar markets thanks to the government’s commitment to increase power generation from renewable sources under the country’s renewable energy independent power producer procurement program.
The ABB central inverter series, rated from 100 to 1000 kW, is designed for multi-megawatt PV power plants. ABB has been in the solar business since the early 1990s.