ABB Awarded US $30M Solar Contract

ABB has won a US $30 million order from GA Solar, part of the Gestamp Corporation, to deliver a 13-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic power plant in northern Spain.

Once connected to the grid, the plant is expected to supply up to 22.6 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity per year. ABB will be responsible for the design, engineering, erection, civil works and commissioning of the plant, which is scheduled for completion later this year.

The company will use its modular electrical balance of plant (eBOP) concept in building the plant. The concept involves pre-assembling individual components of the plant’s electrical systems in modules and testing them prior to delivery, on-site installation to speed up commissioning, reduce costs and project risks.

ABB will supply all the electrical equipment required to connect the plant to the grid, including medium- and low-voltage switchgear, transformers and a medium-voltage substation. ABB will also install patented control and automation technologies including a tracker system to enable the plant’s solar panels to follow the sun’s movement across the sky and maximize generating capacity.

“This project demonstrates how ABB technologies help to integrate renewable energy into our power networks, safely and efficiently, adding power capacity with minimal environmental impact” said Peter Leupp, head of ABB’s Power Systems division.

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