Bosch has commissioned 5 MW solar projects with GoodWe solar inverters in its factories across India.
GoodWe Power Supply Technology is a solar inverter manufacturing company headquartered in China. Almost 69 60 kW and 15 50 kW inverters were used to power these projects, the company said in a statement. Bosch also commissioned a 1 MW project with bifacial photovoltaic modules equipped with GoodWe inverters.
“These projects have been spread across the rooftops and grounds of Bosch manufacturing factories designed to take advantage of clean energy for the masses, which means a lower carbon footprint and a very diverse energy portfolio,” the company added.
On that occasion, James Hou, Sales Director for India and Southeast Asia (SEA) said that for the past three years GoodWe has worked with some of India’s leading engineering, procurement, construction and developers on projects ranging from 5 MW to 20 MW.
A GoodWe executive told Mercom that the company has a full-fledged inverter ranging from 1 kW to 80 kW in its product basket.
When asked about market trends for solar inverters, he said, “Given the challenges that arise on a daily basis such as reduced bid costs to below £ 3 (~ USD 0.04) / kWh, the impact of the coronavirus and rising US dollar exchange rates, this is difficult to address the solar market. unless the company is strong in research and development. Price wars can only be tackled with technological advances. GoodWe spends a lot of money on research and development and is backed by technology experts in the solar inverter industry. The solar inverter market still has great potential and GoodWe is well positioned to provide its customers with the best performing inverters. “
In the first half of 2019, the five largest solar inverter manufacturers in China accounted for 36.44% of global inverter exports from China. Huawei, Sungrow, Solis, Goodwe and Growatt were named the five largest inverter companies in China in the first half of 2019.
India has significant solar power generation potential thanks to the high levels of solar radiation in most of the country. The hurdles are mainly in the market and political environment. These issues are common throughout the supply chain and the solar inverter market is no exception.
Solar inverters are considered to be the “heart of photovoltaic systems” because they are an essential part of solar energy generation. Mercom has written about the difficulty that solar inverter manufacturers have in clarifying the ambiguous BIS certification process. In several interviews with inverter suppliers, Mercom found that the cost of the BIS certification, in addition to the time-consuming process, is also a concern for the inverter suppliers.
Meanwhile, in January 2020, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy issued a notice stating that the deadline for self-certification of solar inverters was again extended by six months from December 31, 2019 to June 30, 2020 .
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Anjana is news editor at Mercom India. Prior to joining Mercom, she was senior editor, district correspondent, and editor for The Times of India, Biospectrum, and The Sunday Guardian. She previously worked for the Deccan Herald and the Asianlite as Editor-in-Chief and News Editor. She has also contributed to The Quint, Hindustan Times, The New Indian Express, Reader’s Digest (UK edition), IndiaSe (Singapore-based magazine) and Asiaville. Anjana holds a Masters degree in Geography from North Bengal University and a Diploma in Mass Communication and Journalism from Guru Ghasidas University in Bhopal.