ABB central inverter solutions installed at the biggest photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Colombia

2017-12-20 - With a capacity of 9.8MW, Celsia Solar Yumbo, built by Celsia, an energy company of the Argos group, becomes Colombia’s largest PV power plant and the first to be connected to the national grid

ABB’s PVS800 central inverters are successfully feeding power to the National Interconnected System (SIN) of Colombia at the first megawatt-scale PV power plant in the country. The Celsia Solar Yumbo project, located in Valle de Cauca, Colombia, is the first PV power plant connected to the National Interconnected System. The project was constructed by Prodiel as an EPC and is operated by Celsia.

Celsia Solar Yumbo takes its name from the thermo-Yumbo power plant that previously occupied the site, replacing the coal-fired power plant with clean, sustainable solar energy. The new solar power plant has a capacity of 9.8 MW, with a projected generation of 16.5 GWh of clean energy a year.

ABB’s scope of supply comprised plug-and-play inverter and medium-voltage component stations for easy and rapid grid connection: five PVS800-MWS megawatt stations, containing a total of nine 1,000 kW PVS800-57 central inverters, five dry-type transformers, 36 kV ring main units (RMU) and auxiliary boards. The product scope was complemented with commissioning and training services on site.

“There is good potential in Colombia for solar power, and the Colombian Ministry of Mines and Energy has recently announced that the country’s first auction for large-scale solar, wind and biomass projects will be launched in spring 2018,” says William Alvarez, Marketing and Sales manager of Electrification Products at ABB Colombia.

“As a group, we expect more projects to come. With ABB’s plug-and-play inverter solution, based on reliable, high efficiency and easy-to-maintain inverters, backed up by ABB’s technical support capabilities, we offer customers a truly bankable solution for utility-scale PV plants,” says Francisco Tapia, Strategic Account Manager for Celsia at ABB.

The ABB PVS800-MWS megawatt station, rated up to 2.4 MW is designed for multi-megawatt PV power plants. Depending on the size of the PV power plant, several ABB megawatt stations can be combined to meet the needed capacity. With a wide list of approvals and with advanced and flexible grid support functions, the megawatt station meets all the applicable network connection requirements, regardless of where the project is located. To help meet bankability requirements and secure the highest return on investment, ABB supports its customers with a dedicated global service network providing a complete range of life cycle services in more than 60 countries.

ABB established its operations in Colombia in 1961, and since then has developed high-value energy solutions on which the Swiss-Swedish multinational has found a strategic opportunity supporting companies in their commitment to Energy efficiency. We will continue to strengthen our value proposition to turn challenges into opportunities and transform them into reality.


Celsia, the energy company of Grupo Argos that offers an innovative energy portfolio to Cities, Companies and Homes. It operates in Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica and has a generation capacity of 2,397 MW through 28 hydroelectric, thermal, solar and wind power plants that generate approximately 7,750 GWh a year. It has 84 substations, a 20,246 km distribution network and a 274 km transmission network through Epsa, serving more than 600 thousand customers in southwestern Colombia.


ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 136,000 employees. www.abb.com


For more information please contact:
Lynette Jackson
Head of Communications
Electrification Products Division Phone: +41 (0)43 317 54 04 E-Mail: lynette.jackson@ch.abb.com
ABB Ltd
Affolternstrasse 44
8050 Zurich
Switzerland

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