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ABB supplies central inverters for 246MW Chilean solar plant

06 October, 2017

Covering 280 hectares of land, the EL Romero solar plant is reportedly the largest PV project of its kind in Latin America. Image: ABB

Covering 280 hectares of land, the EL Romero solar plant is reportedly the largest PV project of its kind in Latin America. Image: ABB

Technology provider ABB has partnered with Spanish IPPP ACCIONA that will see ABB provide its central inverter solutions for the 246MW El Romero Solar Plant in the Chilean desert.

Located in the Atacama Desert, the PV project is located 645km north of the Chilean capital of Santiago.

The El Romero project included the installation of 60 ABB PVS800-IS inverter stations, each rated at 3.6MW. These inverters are plug-and-play solutions that are designed for multi-MW PV power stations.

Covering 280 hectares of land, the El Romero solar plant is reportedly the largest PV project of its kind in Latin America. The installation generates 493 GWh of clean energy per year — the electrical demand equivalent of 240,000 homes.

Alfredo Diez-Hochleitner, ABB’s product marketing director for solar in Spain, said: “The El Romero Solar Plant was a huge feat of engineering in hostile conditions, that saw ABB work closely with ACCIONA to install solar solutions that provide 100% of the data center’s clean energy. We are proud of our ongoing investment in energy efficient solar technology that can operate in the most challenging environments, together with our ability to work closely with our partners to develop bespoke solutions, which has created an outstanding solar plant for the future.”

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