GE says it has developed a new 600 kW solar inverter that includes grid-friendly features to deliver performance in large-scale solar installations similar to that of conventional power plants.
Based on the design of the power converters that GE manufactures for its fleet of 12,000-plus 1.5 MW wind turbines, the new solar inverter is suited for use in the multi-megawatt solar projects that are becoming an increasing percentage of new installations.
GE's wind converters include control functions that enhance integration – a requirement to meet grid codes. SunIQ, GE's suite of solar plant monitoring and controls, can manage voltage in a similar way.
‘As variable energy such as wind and solar continues to come online, there will be ongoing challenges with integrating into the grid,’ says Victor Abate, vice president of renewables for GE Power & Water. ‘Solar integration will need to be managed in order to ensure that it operates as a 'good citizen' on today's grid.’
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