Spanish inverter manufacturer Ingeteam has commissioned a 1 MW PV plant in Argentina, making it the second large-scale PV plant in the country.
Located in the province of San Luis, the Terrazas del Portezuelo plant was constructed by the Argentinian company Coradir and commissioned by Ingeteam personnel in September.
Covering an area of 4 hectares (9.9 acres) in the Terrazas del Portezuelo Nature Park, the solar farm — the first PV installation in San Luis — is delivering energy to the internal, medium voltage network and supplying public buildings in the province, located in the central area of Argentina.
Ingeteam supplied six INGECON SUN Power PV inverters, responsible for the DC to AC conversion of the 4,080 installed 250 W solar panels. Coradir provided the energy efficient LED lighting, the video monitoring system and the SCADA software to monitor the plant. The system is also equipped with support structures, making it possible to vary the panel tilt angle by 15 degrees, 30 degrees or 45 degrees in order to adapt to the variations in the angle of incidence of the sun's rays, depending on the season.
The installation marks the start of Ingeteam's activities in Argentina's PV sector. The province of San Luis has plans to install 3 GW of PV power through 2030 and the company is aiming to increase its supply of equipment in the region in the coming years. The local government also recently signed a bill to promote and develop renewable energy in the province as part of its Energy Strategic Plan 2012-2025.
To date, Ingeteam has supplied more than 4 GWp of PV inverters to its customers throughout the world, confirming the company's position as one of the world's leading solar inverter manufacturers.
Argentina's PV sector has been slow to get off the ground, but developments have begun to pick up. German equipment manufacturer Schmid Group recently supplied a new 71 MW ingot through module c-Si solar panel manufacturing facility in the province of San Juan, which will be operated by local utility Energia Provincial Sociedad del Estado (EPSE).