After disappointing beginnings, India's rooftop solar market is now thriving with 75% year-on-year growth. PV Tech caught up with Ron Shen, vice president, international sales and service centre at China-based PV inverter supplier GoodWe, to discuss knock-on effects of safeguard duties on modules, price pressure and market growth.
Growatt has introduced the MAX 50-80KTL3-LV/MV series string inverters that are equipped with 6 MPPTs, enabling more flexible string configuration and less string mismatch loss for commercial rooftop installs with shading issues.
PV inverter supplier Sungrow will establish a new factory in Bangalore, India, with an annual production capacity of 3GW in central and string inverters - its first manufacturing facility outside China.
Solar power conversion company ABB has signed off on a contract to provide its string inverters for two PV projects delivered by the Solek Group in Chile — with the two installations posting a combined generation output of 12MW.
Major PV inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology has raised its full-year revenue guidance range on a 25% increase in its order backlog on strong market demand in all regions served and notably in the Asia-Pacific region (APAC).
Sungrow’s 1500VDC string inverter is designed to significantly reduce installation and balance of system costs for utility-scale PV systems. Sungrow was the first inverter manufacturer to introduce a 1500VDC string inverter with its SG80HV, which has a power output of 80KW. The latest inverter, SG125HV, puts 125kW of capacity in a suitcase-sized cabinet weighing just 68kg. At a higher rated voltage, the SG125HV is claimed to further reduce installation and balance of system costs.
Major PV inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology came through another tough year with unit volume sold a record 8.23GW in 2016 but ASP pressure ensured sales were down. The bright spot was its commercial solar business unit, which bucked lower sales in the residential and utility-scale sectors with 27% growth, year-on-year.