3 June 2013 - ABB plans to start production of central inverters in South Africa to support the rapidly growing local photovoltaic (PV) market and local content requirements. It expects to open a new inverter production line at its existing facilities in Johannesburg in 2014. The line for its PVS800 range of central inverters will have a production capacity of about 500 MW a year.

It will produce 630 kW, 875 kW and 1,000 kW central inverters. The company already produces solar inverters in Estonia, India and China. South Africa is one of the world’s fastest growing PV solar markets thanks to the government’s commitment to increase power generation from renewable sources under the country’s renewable energy independent power program.

ABB installed its first two 500 kW PV solar projects near Johannesburg in 2011, and has since gained a delivery pipeline of about 90 MW of central inverters. The ABB central inverter series, rated from 100 to1000 kW, is designed for multi-megawatt PV power plants. The inverter series is based on ABB’s frequency converter platform, which has achieved global sales of more than 100 GW over the last ten years.