Spain-headquartered Ingeteam says it has passed the 2 GW mark for solar inverter capacity supplied to the Australian market.
Much of that capacity was awarded last year – 753 MW for eight solar projects where its inverter stations have been or are currently being installed.
“The figure achieved by Ingeteam in Australia has secured the company’s position in the country, where it has been present since 2013 and currently boasts the second largest market share in the PV inverter manufacturer ranking,” states the company.
It’s not clear what the source of that claim is. But globally, Ingeteam ranked 13th in inverter shipment rankings in 2019 according to Wood Mackenzie.
Ingeteam had runs up on the board in Australia early on in the piece through the supply of ten power stations containing twenty central inverters for the 20MW Royalla Solar Farm in the ACT, pictured above. Royalla, commissioned in August 2014, was for a short time the largest solar farm in Australia and Oceania. It’s assumed the inverters have been humming along nicely as I haven’t come across any reports stating otherwise.
Among other well established large-scale solar projects in Australia Ingeteam has supplied inverters for is the 56MW Moree Solar Farm, which was commissioned in 2017. The company crossed the 1GW supplied inverter capacity mark in Australia back in June 2018 – so 5 years for the first gigawatt and less than 1.5 years for the second.
Ingeteam Residential Solar Inverters
Ingeteam also produces solar inverters for residential applications, which have been available in Australia since 2016.
SolarQuotes doesn’t have much in the way of customer-contributed Ingeteam solar inverter reviews and the few that are there are very mixed. The company’s residential inverters aren’t currently listed on SQ’s trusted solar brands chart. They haven’t been on SQ’s radar and seem to be somewhat a rarity on the Australian home solar scene; i.e. there isn’t enough information to judge one way or the other.
What’s In A Name?
Ingeteam is an unusual name, but there have been quite a few of those associated with the solar industry. For example, the jovially named panel manufacturer SolarFun, which was eventually swallowed up by Hanwha Group (as in Hanwha Q Cells).
Ingeteam’s roots date back to 1972 with the founding of Team, followed in 1974 with the founding of Ingelectric. The two companies merged in 1989 to form Ingelectric Team and I’m sure you can join the dots from there.
In addition to solar inverters and power stations, Ingeteam manufactures a bunch of other stuff including electric motors, EV charging stations, submersible pumps and control systems.
The company says it has a presence in 24 countries, employs 4,000 workers and 5% of its turnover is invested in research and development. 11% of its personnel are dedicated to R&D.
In other Ingeteam news related to Australia, the company also announced it had recently scored its first contract for Ingeteam Service here, which provides O&M (Operations and Maintenance) services. While the facilities weren’t named, the contract covers two solar farms of 85MW and 75MW capacity that were commissioned in December 2017.