Huawei supplies string inverters for 62 MW UK solar project


Huawei, a global ICT company and leading supplier of solar inverter technology, has confirmed today the completion of a 62 MW solar PV portfolio in the U.K. using its string inverter technology.

Working together with solar EPC Greencells Group, the five large-scale PV plants were all connected to the U.K. grid before the end of March, qualifying for Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) at a rate of 1.4/MWh.

Most noteworthy is the fact that Huawei supplied its Smart String PV inverters to each project, continuing an emergent trend that has seen three-phase string inverter technology eat into the utility-scale sector that has been largely dominated in the past by central inverter technology.

Across the entire 62 MW portfolio, Huawei has installed more than 2,200 of its string inverters, which offer benefits such as a higher energy yield, are free from DC fuses and DC combiner boxes, and do not require cooling fans, making them simpler to install and monitor.

The partnership between Greencells Group and Huawei first bore fruit in Germany at the end of 2014, when the two companies collaborated on the development of the 7.8 MW Landsweiler-Reden solar plant in Saarbrücken, southwest Germany.

To date, Greencells has amassed a 165 MW solar portfolio in the U.K. market alone, which represents around 8% of the country’s ROC-eligible scheme.

"We are very pleased to have completed these projects in the U.K. with the help of innovative products from Huawei," said Greencells GmbH CEO Andreas Hoffmann.

Huawei’s Guoguang Chen, who is the company’s general manager for smart PV solution in Europe, added: "We will continue to integrate information and communication technologies into the PV industry to ensure our customers receive a higher energy yield, higher system reliability and lower system cost."

The May issue of pv magazine looks specifically at the growing trend of string inverters being used at utility scale. The issue is published on May 6, so be sure to order your copy now.