According to reports, German firm Refusol, one of the top five providers of solar inverters globally, has set up its solar power inverter production plant in Pune to cater to the Indian, South Asian and West Asia markets.
“We have set up a green field facility to manufacture a range of 10 kw, 13 kw, 17 kw, 20 kw and 23 kw high efficiency three-phase string inverters for the Indian, Saarc countries and West Asian countries,” Norbert Frings, CEO at Refusal GmbH, said. “We are ranked number three in Germany among inverter manufacturers and we bring to India advanced solar inverter technology,” he said.
He said these solar inverters with an efficiency of 98.2 per cent help customers maximise the yield of their photovoltaic plants on roof-tops or large-scale solar parks. At present, its clients include Lanco group, L&T, Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Power, Jain Solar and Emmvee.
Frings said the power electronics specialist has invested 1.5 million Euros (Rs 10.5 crore) in the facility and plans to invest an additional 5 million Euros (Rs 35 crore) over the next three years.
The firm’s product range comprises string and central inverters with power outputs ranging from 3.6 kw to 1.3 mw.
“At present, we have the annual capacity to produce 15,000 units of solar inverters at our Pune plant,” Thomas Wittek, CEO at Refu Solar India, said.
He said the Pune plant will manufacture central inverters ranging from 333 kw upto 1 mw by the end of this calendar year. “We will make 10-15 units every week and depending on the market demand, we will be able to scale up production,” Wittek said.
He said India is a rapidly growing economy, requiring more power. “With power shortage in India, our solar inverters will play a central role in the Indian and global energy mix,” Wittek said.
Refusal GmbH has subsidiaries in US, China, Hungary and South Korea.