Saudi unveils first PV inverter factory

AEC and KACO of Germany team up to launch Shams solar inverters.

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Advanced Electronics Company (AEC) has launched Saudi Arabia’s first solar photovoltaic (PV) inverter production line.

Powered by the German company KACO new energy (Neckarsulm), Shams solar inverters can produce up to 2,000 units, or 1 GW per year, ranging from 20 kW to 2 MW.

The system has been installed at AEC since November 2013 as a demonstration test facility, which has been specifically built to prove the high efficiency of the Shams inverters.

The green colour of the Shams units symbolises a ‘green environment’ and matches the colour of the Kingdom’s flag.

Shams solar inverters were launched in the presence of Ralf Hofmann, CEO of KACO New Energy and Dr. Ghassan Al-Shibl, CEO of Advanced Electronics Company.

PV panel manufacturers are invited to test their equipment at AEC’s facility. Different types of PV panels are being tested by AEC, including poly-silicon manufactured locally by KACST, poly-silicon manufactured in China by Yingli Green Energy, thin film solar panels manufactured by First Solar and thin film CIGS manufactured by Manz AG.

“Other PV panel manufacturers are welcome to install and test their equipment at our facility. They will be able to observe how their panels withstand our harsh environment, and see online readings of the respective outputs,” said Dr. Ghassan Al-Shibl.

Shams is the first range of PV inverters which complies with the local content regulations. Shams can achieve the maximum credits as a Saudi made PV inverter from a Saudi company, which has more than 25 years of specialized local manufacturing experience and a Saudization employment ratio of over 73%.

AEC and KACO new energy have signed several agreements that reflect the commitment to localization and technology transfer.

“All of us at KACO new energy are delighted to have established this partnership with AEC, which is one of the regional leaders in design, manufacturing, and repair and maintenance, in the field of electronics,” said Ralf Hofmann.

“We know that AEC will provide their customers with Shams PV inverters, manufactured to the highest international quality standards, which will precisely match our German made PV inverters. The local manufacture of PV inverters will certainly prove to be a major advantage.”


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