ABB’s PVS800 central inverters are being used at Colombia’s first megawatt-scale solar PV power plant.

The 9.8 MW Celsia Solar Yumbo project, located in Valle de Cauca, is the first PV power plant connected to the national grid.

The project was constructed by Prodiel as an EPC and is operated by Celsia.

The Celsia Solar Yumbo plant takes its name from the coal-fired Yumbo power plant that previously occupied the site.

ABB’s scope of supply comprised plug-and-play inverter and medium-voltage component stations for easy and rapid grid connection: five PVS800-MWS megawatt stations, containing a total of nine 1000 kW PVS800-57 central inverters, five dry-type transformers, 36 kV ring main units (RMU) and auxiliary boards.

William Alvarez of ABB Colombia said: “There is good potential in Colombia for solar power, and the Colombian Ministry of Mines and Energy has recently announced that the country’s first auction for large-scale solar, wind and biomass projects will be launched in spring 2018.”

The ABB PVS800-MWS megawatt station, rated up to 2.4 MW, is designed for multi-megawatt PV power plants. ABB said that depending on the size of the PV power plant, several megawatt stations can be combined to meet the needed capacity.