Total order quantity reaches all-time high. – KACO new energy GmbH sells 1.4 gigawatts of inverter power in the first half-year.
KACO new energy GmbH is recording continued high demand for its inverter technology. Between January and June 2017, the company sold inverters with a power output of 1.4 gigawatts; this is the highest total order quantity at mid-year since the company entered the photovoltaic business in 1999. Following a good first quarter, which saw sales amounting to 600 megawatts, the German manufacturer is continuing its success story as the year progresses.
“In many parts of the world, the costs of using photovoltaics are competitive with conventional sources of energy. As a consequence, the global demand for PV arrays is rising and that state-of-the-art technology as delivered by KACO new energy is benefitting largely from that,” said CEO Ralf Hofmann.
When it comes to choosing the right concept, KACO new energy is recognizing a clear trend towards decentralised system layouts. Especially in emerging markets, where energy demand is climbing sharply, large-scale PV power plants are being built with string inverters and corresponding system components. “A service case can be handled much easier, downtime and loss of yield are being minimised, and the security of energy supplies is enhanced,” explains Ralf Hofmann.
“We are recording keen interest in German solar technology. Customers and potential customers undertaking project development, are looking especially closely to see which providers offer them reliable components for the long term, in order to guarantee yield targets. We are in a good position, thanks in particular to the introduction of the blueplanet 50.0 TL3 INT last year,” said David Mabille, Chief Sales Officer. The current year has seen the company come up with a new system solution, called CPSS (Central Power String Solution). The idea behind the CPSS is to combine the advantages of centralised and decentralised plant configurations: This is achieved by placing string inverters such as the blueplanet 50.0 TL3 INT at a single location in the solar park.
David Mabille is also optimistic for the future: “Next year we will be opening up a new market segment with the blueplanet 125 TL3 for 1500-volt arrays. And we are planning to launch a new storage product for commerce and industry, the battery inverter blueplanet gridsave 50.0 TL3, before the end of this year.”
About KACO new energy:
KACO new energy, headquartered in Neckarsulm, Germany is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of inverters for grid-feed solar power. The product line-up covers the full power range, from single units designed for a family home up to complete systems for solar parks producing megawatts of electricity. Since 1999, KACO new energy has supplied inverters with a cumulative power output of 10 gigawatts. This offering has been extended to include solutions for PV self-consumption and energy storage, devices for grid management, as well as products and value-added services for utility-scale projects. KACO new energy is the first company in the photovoltaic industry to achieve CO2-neutral production and in 2014, celebrated the 100th birthday of the original parent company which, at the end of the 1930s, was one of first ever inverter manufacturers.