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ABB to supply string inverters for two solar projects in Chile

CTBR Staff Writer Published 13 September 2017

Swiss electrical engineering company ABB has been selected by Solke Group to supply its string inverters for two new solar plants in Chile with an output of 12MW.

The projects, each with a capacity of nearly 2x 3.5MW, will be equipped with ABB’s TRIO-50.0-TL-OUTD three-phase string inverters. ABB will deliver these inverters by this October.

To achieve high output, the Amaparo del Sol and Santa Laura projects will use single-axis trackers.

At the end of last year, the Cuz Cuz power plant, the Solek Group’s pilot project, located near Illapel began delivering power into the Chilean grid.

ABB Czech Republic country manager Tanja Vainio said: “We firmly believe that solar technology should be a leading sustainable energy source for distributed power generation and building applications, driving growth in mature and developing economies..

“We are therefore committed to continual investment in this sector, leveraging the strong digital capabilities from across our business, as part of ABB Ability, to develop market leading PV solutions and product platforms.”

In Chile, it is claimed that there is a high average solar irradiance, making it an attractive source for renewable energy. Solar power plants have recently become one of the main areas of investment in the country’s power industry.

This trend is expected to continue in the years to come as ENERGIA 2050, a programme started by the Chilean government has set the goal of increasing the share of power from renewable resources by up to 60% by 2035.

Solek Group CEO Zdenek Sobotka said: “We constantly look at new technologies in our field and always seek to get the best for our projects. ABB string inverters have proved ideal for our current projects in Chile.

“Moreover, ABB is a solid partner for us and that is why our two new projects, Amaparo del Sol and Santa Laura (formerly referred to as La Frotuna), will use these products.”


Image: ABB to supply solar inverters for Solek’s solar plants in Chile. Photo: Courtesy of ABB.