ABB supplies inverters for 17 MW Israeli plants

Zurich-based technology company ABB has supplied 25 central inverters for three ground mounted PV power plants in Israel, totaling 17 MW of solar PV.

All three plants were successfully connected to Israel’s grid at the end of September, and when running at full capacity will be capable of producing 26-28 MWh of solar energy every year.

Each of ABB’s 25 inverters were 630 kW in size, and the company also supplied 11 locally designed and manufactured pre-fabricated inverter stations too, designed for two or four central inverters.

"Our design is a green solution for hot and dusty environments, and doesn’t need an air conditioning system," said ABB Israel manager, Ronen Aharon. The company will also monitor all operational information about the inverters, using their AC500 PLC-based monitoring system.

"Israel has very strong solar radiation throughout the year that offers great potential for PV electricity," added Aharon. "This will help to meet Israel’s national target of reducing dependence on imported energy. The PV market has been dominated up to now by smaller residential systems, but the latest developments in the regulatory environment in Israel have finally made it easier for larger, ground-mounted PV plants to take market share in Israel."

ABB’s local business unit manager, Solomon Shlomi, added: "ABB delivery is backed up by a ten-year service contract. The high efficiency and easy-to-maintain industrial design of our central 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.

"There is great potential in Israel for solar power, and I expect more projects to come."