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India has an outstanding solar potential and has become one of the largest emerging PV markets. However, its solar road gets bumpy from time to time. On July 30 last year, Indian government announced a 25% safeguard duty on imported PV modules, which shocked the solar industry. As a result, India had added a solar capacity of 8,263 MW by the end of 2018, down from 9,782 MW added in 2017.

Yet, India’s rooftop solar continues its growth impressively with YoY growth rate at 66 percent. Under these circumstances, brands from China that focuses on rooftop solar are continuing their expansion across India. Growatt, the Global Top 10 Solar Inverter Supplier has been increasing its investment in India.

We’ve been here in India for over eight years. And we’ve seen through years of strong growth an enormous solar potential of Indian rooftop. One key factor is that the commercial and industrial consumers are paying higher grid tariffs and this is a good incentive for them to get PV systems on their roofs. So we are very optimistic about Indian rooftop solar market in the long term.” said Rucas Wang, Growatt Regional Director. Wang, who is very familiar with the local solar community. And he understands the potential and importance of Indian solar market.

Indian solar market is on top of our list for business growth. We started increasing our investments significantly in marketing and staffing last year. Now we have a team of 24 local sales and service engineers. Service offices have been established in eight major cities to provide on-site service across India. A toll-free service hotline has also been set up as well to provide fast response for our customers.

With continuous investments by leading solar companies like Growatt, Indian rooftop sector will probably become increasingly vigorous in coming years. And if policy and financing support comes in, rooftop installations will take off for sure.

Source: Growatt

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China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has established a team in Spain for its solar string inverter division, Huawei FusionSolar, in a bid to seize opportunities in the country’s growing PV market. Huawei has said that Spain would be the priority market for the business unit, which already has a team of 15 in the sales and pre-sales departments.

Last year, Spain installed 261.7 MW of new PV capacity, a 94% increase compared to the previous year and up by 500% compared to the 2016 installations, Huawei said citing data by the Spanish Photovoltaic Union (UNEF). The Spanish PV market could grow up to, or even surpass, EUR 5 billion (USD 5.7bn), the Chinese company added.

In 2018, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm Grupotec selected Huawei as the supplier of string inverters for a series of Spanish solar projects with a combined capacity of 168 MW. Huawei expects to negotiate new contracts in Spain throughout the year eyeing an order volume of more than 3 GW. It also intends to grow its business through government-awarded projects and power purchase agreements (PPAs) with private companies, as well as offer solutions for self-consumption schemes.

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    Growatt is one of the world’s top PV inverter brands. Established in 2010, Growatt started with a vision to lead in the PV inverter sector and contribute to clean energy. Growatt provides a broad range of solar energy solutions, including solar inverters from 750 W to 2.52 MW, energy storage solutions for on-grid and off-grid applications, smart energy solutions etc. Driven by the expertise of over 200 professional R&D engineers and continuous investment, Growatt has grown into a global leader with presence in over 100 countries. By 2017 Growatt has become one of the global TOP 10 PV inverter brands according to IHS Markit.

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    PV inverters manufacturer, Growatt has established a new office in Rotterdam Netherlands, which marks a step forward for its localization strategy. After Germany, Italy, Hungary and UK, Netherlands becomes the fifth country in Europe to have Growatt branch office. This is an important milestone in its dedicated efforts and continuous investments in the region.

    Ever since entering the Netherlands market in 2011, Growatt has been growing rapidly because of its reliable product quality and services and has become the No.2 inverter brand in the residential sector. It has also become the main inverter supplier for the iChoosr projects and has supplied more than 10,000 inverters by far. “Growatt has kept a very good momentum with our technology advantages, comprehensive product lineup and localization. By establishing new office in Rotterdam with local engineers, our service team is able to cover the Benelux countries with better support,” says Ramon Li, Growatt European Director.

    Growatt has developed a strong and close relationship with local partners and this move will further strengthen the partnership and provide faster and better support for the clients. “Now our Rotterdam office is staffed with local Dutch speaking service engineers, which would make it easier for EPCs or installers to solve issues found during installation and maintenance. A service hotline has been established as well,” Li continues. “Additionally, we plan to hold training workshops in Rotterdam office and better serve the customers.

    With new entity created, Growatt can now import the inverters directly and deal with import Customs clearance and take care of regulatory affair. “Now when customers place an order, we will be able to ship directly from our warehouse. We’ll be able to better manage the inventory level and ensure on-time fast delivery of the products or replacements. Customers will save time and energy and enjoy better services from Growatt.

    To date, Ingeteam has supplied 140 MW to Chile for solar projects coming under the Distributed Generation by Small Power Producers (PMGD) program, which supports the execution of generation projects with rated powers of up to 9 MW.

    Distributed generation is an ongoing trend in Chile and in many other countries, accounting for one quarter of global investment in renewables in 2015. To promote the construction of projects of this type, the PMGD program gives PV plant owners the guarantee that they will be able to sell all their output to the electricity grid. Moreover, the National Energy Commission (CNE) allows these producers to choose between the sale of energy at either a marginal cost or stabilized price. In this latter case, producers are guaranteed stable prices that are higher than market prices, given the fact that these prices are calculated every six months by the CNE and are not subject to a time of day variation.

    In the past two years, Ingeteam has supplied its PV inverters for ten solar projects of this type and is now supplying fourteen of its Inverter Stations with 1500V technology for seven solar PV plants that are being built by Grenergy, a company that also decided to install Ingeteam’s PV inverters at the La Esperanza, Marchigüe, Mostazal and Luders photovoltaic plants. Thanks to the supply of PV inverters for these last seven projects, Ingeteam has reached a total power of 140 MW at plants coming under the PMGD program in Chile. Ingeteam also has a portfolio of upcoming projects for this country, in which it holds a privileged position in the PV inverter manufacturer ranking.

    In order to ensure a correct operation of the electric system, a project under the PMGD program must implement functionalities as minimum electric protections at the coupling switch. These functionalities are performed by Ingeteam’s PL70SV, already in operation in more than 20 installations of this kind. Ingeteam has supplied protection and control systems to the Chilean market to connect with the electric grid 12 renewable energy power plants –wind and solar PV-, totaling more than 1,100MW.

    Furthermore, since Ingeteam first started operating in Chile, five years’ ago, the company has also gone on to secure its position as a leader in the operation and maintenance of renewable energy generating plants. In Latin America, the company provides maintenance services to a total of 2.5 GW, of which 664 MW correspond to Chile, accounting for 33% of the country’s total installed renewable power. In the solar sector in Chile, Ingeteam maintains a total of 330 MW. This record figure was primarily achieved thanks to the presence of Ingeteam in the Atacama desert. In fact, Ingeteam is going to supply the integral O&M service to four of these solar farms: Cachiyuyo Solar, Malaquita Solar, Valle Solar Este and Valle Solar Oeste. For the rest, the company will provide after-sales service.

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    Ingeteam has secured the supply and installation contract for Europe’s largest PV project. The Mula PV plant, located in the south-east of the municipality of Mula in the region of Murcia, will have an installed power capacity of 500 MWp, which will make it the largest PV plant in Spain and in Europe as a whole.

    Thanks to this new contract, by December Ingeteam will reach the figure of 2,000 MW in PV inverters supplied to the Spanish market. Added to this milestone are the 900 MW of PV power maintained by Ingeteam in Spain.

    It is estimated that, by the end of 2019, the plant could be fully operational, through the access and connection point at the El Palmar substation, a strategic hub for the power transmission grid in Murcia.

    Covering a surface area of almost 1,000 hectares, similar to around 2,000 football pitches, the Mula solar plant is calculated to produce more than 750 million kWh per year, providing sufficient energy to supply a city of 450.000 inhabitants. The scale of the project makes this a unique initiative for the region, positioning Murcia as a leading renewables producer at a global level.

    Delivery has already started on the total of 238 central PV inverters to be supplied by Ingeteam, all with 1500 Vdc technology. Moreover, the supply is not limited to the PV inverters, but covers the complete medium voltage solution, the Inverter Station. This solution comprises all the low and medium voltage equipment required (LV/MV transformer, MV switchgear, LV switchboard and auxiliary services transformer), which is connected in the field to the PV inverters.

    Apart from the supply of equipment, Ingeteam is to perform the work to unload, position and connect the 74 inverter stations, in addition to the commissioning and electromechanical installation work.
    This new contract strengthens Ingeteam’s position in Spain, where the company is set to close this financial year with a total of 2 GW of power supplied and reaching a figure of 900 MW of maintained power in the Spanish PV market. This figure consolidates the company’s global leadership position in the provision of power plant Operation & Maintenance Services, with 12 GW.

    Scope of supply

    – 74 inverter stations fitted with all the necessary equipment to inject medium voltage power: PV inverters, LV/MV transformer, medium voltage switchgear, auxiliary services transformer and low voltage switchboard.
    – Two hundred and thirty-eight 1500 Vdc photovoltaic inverters, each with a rated power output of 1690 kW, pertaining to the INGECON® SUN PowerMax B Series family.
    – Work involving the unloading, positioning, installation and connection of the PV inverters.
    – Commissioning and electromechanical installation of 74 inverter stations.

    Source: Ingeteam

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    GoodWe, one of the leading PV inverter manufacturers in the world, strengthens its commitment to developing markets with the announcement of the expansion of a new service support center in Mumbai, India. This will allow GoodWe to provide better local support to projects and partners in the area, which is a key strategic market for GoodWe. With 69 GW installed renewable power capacity, India is set to become one of the largest global solar hubs in the coming years.

    GoodWe has set up an integrated service system to cover the entire sales process and has already established service centers in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Turkey, Australia and India. GoodWe’s qualified service network team is available at all times to provide local technical support whenever and wherever required. A professional team of authorized engineers can perform on-site inspections, testing and debugging and providing repair or replacement if necessary, using the latest techniques to maximize inverter performance while minimizing production or process downtime.

    GoodWe is always committed to optimize all kinds of resources to better meet our customers’ needs,” said Huang Min, CEO of GoodWe. “With our same level of unmatched R&D, manufacturing and service capabilities, the expansion of our service support capabilities in India will significantly enhance our strength to meet customer demands locally and elsewhere in the world.

    Source: GoodWe

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    Ingeteam has recently signed a number of contracts for supplies to PV plants in Australia, a country in which the company boasts an important market share in the solar sector. Thanks to these new contracts, Ingeteam has reached the figure of 1,060 MW supplied to the Australian PV market.

    The company, which has been present in Australia for more than five years now, is to supply a total of 377 central PV inverters, all with 1,500 Vdc technology, with delivery now underway. These inverters, which are part of the INGECON SUN PowerMax B series family, are being sent to five large solar generation plants, totaling 620 MW.

    Moreover, the supply is not limited to the PV inverters, but covers the integrated medium voltage solution, which is divided into two types. Approximately 63% corresponds to the Skid series for Ingeteam’s Inverter Station solution, which comprises a metal platform or skid holding all the low and medium voltage equipment required (LV/MV transformer, MV switchgear, LV switchboard and auxiliary services transformer), and which is connected in the field to three 1500 Vdc inverters.

    The rest of the supply corresponds to the INGECON SUN CON40 power stations where the equipment mentioned above (three 1500 Vdc PV inverters, LV/MV transformer, MV switchgear, LV switchboard and auxiliary services transformer) is housed in a 40 foot container, shipped as a turnkey solution.
    Moreover, Ingeteam has recently commissioned two solar plants totaling 146 MW in the state of Queensland. These plants have also been equipped with 1500 Vdc PV inverters, integrated in the INGECON SUN CON40 power stations.

    On the other hand, the company is set to commission another plant, with an output power of 119 MW, for which it has supplied 25 Inverter Stations each equipped with seventy-five 1600 kW inverters.

    These new contracts consolidate the position of Ingeteam in Australia, where the company has now crossed the 1 GW threshold of power supplied to the solar market.

    Scope of supply

    • 80 power stations fitted with all the necessary equipment to inject medium voltage power: three PV inverters, LV/MV transformer, medium voltage switchgear, auxiliary services transformer and low voltage switchboard.
    • 47 power stations of the INGECON SUN CON40 series fitted with all the necessary equipment to inject medium voltage power: three PV inverters, LV/MV transformer, medium voltage switchgear, auxiliary services transformer and low voltage switchboard, all housed in a 40 foot container.
    • 377 units of 1500 Vdc photovoltaic inverters, each with a rated power output ranging from 1600 to 1740 kW, pertaining to the INGECON® SUN PowerMax B Series family.

    Ingeteam has recently signed a number of contracts for the supply of PV plants to Mexico, a country in which the company has a considerable market share in the wind and solar power sectors, and in the provision of operation and maintenance services for power generation plants.

    The company, which has been present in this country since 1998, is to supply 555MW of solar PV inverters, mostly directed at large solar plants, although part of the supply is for commercial plants based on string inverters.

    Most of the supply corresponds to the Skid series for Ingeteam’s Inverter Station, comprising a metal platform or skid holding all the low and medium voltage devices required (LV/MV transformer, MV cells, LV switchgear and auxiliary services transformer), in addition to the central inverters pertaining to the INGECON SUN PowerMax B series. This equipment has a total output power of 551MW and is to be supplied to four photovoltaic plants located in the states of Baja California, Durango, Sonora and San Luis Poltosí. The supply comprises a total of 343 central photovoltaic inverters, all with the very latest 1500Vdc technology.

    One of these three projects represents the first PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) in Mexico between a private generator and the end user.

    Moreover, Ingeteam has recently commissioned two solar plants with a total output power of more than 60MW in the state of Chihuahua. These plants have also been equipped with the Inverter Station solution with 1500Vdc photovoltaic inverters.

    These new contracts serve to strengthen Ingeteam’s position in Mexico, where it is the leading company in the supply of power converters (with 2.5GW for wind and solar PV plants). It is also the leading provider of operation and maintenance services with 2.5GW of maintained renewable power, which means that the company is responsible for the maintenance of 49% of the total installed power in Mexico.
    This leadership has been consolidated in the last year thanks to several important operation and maintenance contracts, like the one for the 35.5 MWp Camargo PV plant, located in the state of Chihuahua. Thanks to these contracts, Ingeteam maintains 55% of the total solar power installed in the country.

    Furthermore, Ingeteam was recently awarded a supply contract for Latin America’s largest PV plant. Thanks to this contract, Villanueva solar park’s electric substations have been equipped with a highly advanced automation system, thanks to which Ingeteam has reached the figure of more than 2,000 MW of substations for renewable energy plants digitalized in Mexico. Thus, Ingeteam consolidates itself as a benchmark for grid digitalization in a double manner: first, through digital electronics in PC&M systems for substations automation; and second thanks to its reactive energy compensation systems (Statcom) for grid code compliance in renewable and industrial installations.

    Several offices in the country

    In Mexico, Ingeteam has several offices dedicated to different activities. In the country’s capital city –Mexico City- and in Juchitán de Zaragoza –Oaxaca-, two Ingeteam offices are dedicated to wind and solar O&M works, PV inverter commercialization, development of substations for renewable energy plants and distribution of equipment and execution of projects for the protection and automation of the electric grid.

    Moreover, the Company develops an important social role in the regions where it is present. For example, Ingeteam implements some renewable energy diffusion projects in the region of the Tehuantepec isthmus, in order to spread the knowledge about renewable energies among the communities, contributing to a deeper understanding of these relatively new technologies.

    Exhibiting at MIREC WEEK

    Ingeteam will be present once again at Mexico’s main clean energy trade show: MIREC WEEK. Mexico City’s World Trade Center will host this event that will take place from the 21st to the 24th of May. The visitors will be able to have a more in-depth understanding of Ingeteam’s main solutions for the solar PV and energy storage sectors, as well as for its O&M services for energy generation power plants.

    Source: Ingeteam

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    The global solar PV inverters market will decline from $6.3bn in 2017 to $3.7bn in 2022, with Asia-Pacific (APAC) relinquishing its leading regional share to the Americas over the forecast period, according to GlobalData. The company’s report: ‘Solar PV Inverters – Update 2018’ states that solar PV inverters will hold an aggregate global market value of $22.2bn between 2018 and 2022, with an average annual value of $4.4bn during the same period.

    In terms of solar PV additions, APAC eclipsed all other markets for the fourth consecutive year, accounting for about two-thirds of global additions in 2017. Consequently, the APAC region led the solar inverters market, with a value of $3.75bn. It was followed by Americas and EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) registering $1.71bn and $0.89bn, respectively.

    However, APAC will see its share of the market fall from 59% in 2017 to 38% in 2022, while the solar PV inverter market share for the Americas will expand from 27% to 41% over the same period. EMEA’s share will increase from 14% to 21% between 2017 and 2022.

    In terms of market value, China, the US, and Japan together held over 65% and led the global solar PV inverter market in the year 2017. The market developments in the top countries are largely due to economies of scale, emerging inverter technologies, and policy-based government and institutional industry.

    Between 2017 and 2022, the global solar PV inverters market is expected to witness a negative compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.15%, in terms of market value. The estimated fall in the market value is mainly attributed to the fall in inverter prices.

    The solar inverter and module prices have declined for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to, persistent price pressure on equipment suppliers, the anti-dumping tariffs implemented by the US on Chinese modules, the euro and yen depreciation, and the downward adjustment of the minimum import prices. In the solar PV industry, buyers are price sensitive, creating persistent price pressure on equipment suppliers.

    The global solar PV inverters market has several strong participants such as Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, Sungrow Power Supply Co Ltd, and SMA Solar Technology AG. The highly fragmented nature of the market has also led to the reduction in solar inverter prices. As a result of the falling prices, the total installed capacity between 2018 and 2022 is estimated to be close to 370.6 GW, whereas it stood at approximately 316.2 GW between 2012 and 2017.

    Source: GlobalData

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