ABB inverters handle half of India's 4 GW solar capacity


Switzerland’s ABB – a power and automation company that produces solar inverters – has surpassed 2 GW of solar inverters installed in India – thereby supplying around half of the country’s entire 4 GW of total PV installations.

According to ABB, the company added 1 GW of capacity over the past five months, thus doubling its installed base in India. Since March this year, ABB has received multiple orders from leading solar power developers and ECPs operating within India, which itself has seen an encouraging acceleration of its solar installation base following the government’s push to add 100 GW of solar PV capacity by 2022.

For ABB, the presence of its Bangalore-located production facility has supported the company’s expansion in India. At the site, ABB manufactures its PVS800 central inverter series, which is rated from 100 to 1 MW and designed for use in large-scale ground-mounted solar plants. The PVS800 is particularly well-suited to the types of solar developments currently favored in India – namely vast plants located often in regions with severe temperature extremes.

"India is one of the world’s fastest-growing solar markets, and ABB has steadily built this business up over the years," said ABB’s president of discrete automation and motion division Pekka Tiitinen.

"Our next level strategy is built around expansion opportunities into promising growth markets and today we can deliver up to 3 GW of inverter capacity from Bangalore each year, supported by local engineering and service expertise."

Data released last week confirmed that India surpassed 4 GW of grid-tied solar capacity in July, placing the country firmly in the exclusive group of multi-GW nations.