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ABB enters UK solar market

ABB UK has recently supplied its first string inverters, PVS300, for a small, 50 kW commercial photovoltaic (PV) system in the UK. The system was installed on the premises of David Neiper Ltd, a clothing manufacturer. Greenheart Energy, a UK based PV system integrator, installed the system.

The system comprises an array of 6 x 8 kW ABB string inverters, all of which were roof mounted. Because the inverter has string fusing, DC switchgear and surge protection integrated as standard components, this allowed the system to be installed on site extremely quickly and offered the integrator a complete electrical solution from a single supplier.

“The ABB string inverter allowed the system integrator to install the system with no delays on site. Given the nature of the UK Feed in Tariff, such systems are likely to be very common in the future,” says Steve Moore, solar inverter sales manager for ABB LV Drives in the UK. “The ABB solution for this system is extremely cost effective. Most of the costs in such systems are from the installation itself. If this cost can be reduced it can be of great benefit to both system integrators and installers. Greenheart Energy is already looking at their next installations and will continue to use ABB solar inverters.”

ABB string inverters, PVS300, are targeted at residential and small commercial PV applications. Based on ABB’s decades of experience with a proven technology platform, the inverters provide the most cost-effective and reliable way to convert the direct current generated by solar modules into high quality and CO2-free alternating current that can be fed into the power network. The inverters are rated from 3.3 to 8 kW.


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