ABB is tightening its grip on the solar market in Central America by delivering electric balance of plant for a 146.4MW project in Honduras. This packaged inverter solution comprises inverter stations, medium voltage (MV) stations, a SCADA system and string monitoring junction boxes.
ABB has signed a contract to deliver fifty-two 2MW PVS800-IS inverter stations, each containing two PVS800 central inverters, and respective MV stations with MV transformers and ring main units (RMU). ABB is also delivering a SCADA system for controlling and monitoring the solar plant and string monitoring junction boxes. The hardware delivery is supplemented by a service offering that includes training and commissioning and local support for the years to come.
The project has been developed by Larach family and it is located close to the Pacific Ocean near the city of Nacaome in Honduras. This is the biggest PV project in Latin America, and it consists of two neighboring sites (Valle and Nacaome) that feed power to the grid through the same high voltage station. The grid connection for each site is rated at 50MW alternating current. The deliveries start already in November supporting the rapid connection target to the distribution network in March 2015.
"The high efficiency, reliability and easy-to-maintain industrial design of our inverters, as well as the wide offering of other products for the solar industry, are the key success factors for ABB PVS800 central inverters. All these together offer customers a real, bankable solution that we are able to support for years to come," says Blas Gonzalez, ABB's Country and Discrete Automation and Motion division manager for Central America and the Caribbean. "We are developing further our service organization in the region to meet the increasing needs for solar business as I expect more projects to come."
According to Gonzalez, "Based on the latest estimates, just in Central America, an impressive 1.5 gigawatts of PV capacity is expected to be installed within a six-year period through 2020, while there is a strong and increasing tendency towards renewables in the Caribbean. This means great opportunities for using solar energy in large-scale power plants as well as in smaller systems on commercial and industrial buildings in our countries. ABB's wide portfolio of different sizes of inverters, together with its other products for the solar industry, give customers an attractive one-stop shopping opportunity for packaged solutions for different sizes and types of plants."