[Spain, February 26, 2020] 11 solar projects are now live in Spain. Partnered with X-Elio, Huawei has provided its innovative end-to-end smart PV solution consisting of Huawei SUN2000 String Inverters, and Smart Transformer Stations (STS), which work perfectly alongside the tracker system. As one of the successful and most technologically advanced solar projects in Spain to date, this represents a big milestone in the Spanish renewable energy industry.
PV Aljorra, one of 11 X-Elio Projects, Spain, 30MWac (photo source X-Elio)
X-Elio was awarded 455MWdc in the 2017 renewable energy auction in Spain, with a connection deadline of December 31, 2019. The optimal combination of smart inverters, STSs and trackers reduces string mismatch maximally and integrates the power supply with the trackers and communication management, greatly reducing the cost and improving the system's energy yield.
Huawei boasts a rather robust PV market in Europe with nearly 8.5GWac of PV inverter shipments. In Spain, Huawei has shipped to date a total of more than 1.5GWac of string inverters, adding additional value by providing customers with a lower LCOE.
The 11 projects totaling 455MWdc are the first PV plants to be fully equipped with Smart Transformer Stations in Spain. The eco-design transformer is suitable for low self-consumption for higher yields and the robust design can protect against harsh environment, while compact 20’HC container design ensures faster and safer transportation. Grid-connection of these projects has been achieved in a time- and cost-effective way, prior to the December 31st deadline. Accordingly, backed up by Huawei's powerful innovation capabilities and high-quality products, the projects are expected to be able to achieve an optimal LCOE, supporting the future success of X-Elio.
Lluis Noguera, CEO of X-Elio, commented, "We are very satisfied with the cooperation. This joint innovation project with Huawei is a result of X-Elio's commitment to bringing on-line eco-friendly solar energy projects. This new solution with Huawei will enhance the sustainable development of Spanish electricity system."
Against the backdrop of the global energy revolution, PV power generation is fast becoming the main choice for current and future energy development. Introducing ICT (Information Communications Technologies) capabilities, including IoT, AI, and Big Data to PV, Huawei is accelerating the upgrade of the new energy industry, reducing power generation costs, and helping the solar sector achieve grid parity.
X-ELIO (www.X-ELIO.com) is a company specialized in the development, construction and operation of solar plants with a global presence: Europe (Spain, Italy), United States, Mexico, Chile, Japan and Australia among others. In 2018 it achieved a revenue in excess of €130M. The firm has accumulated experience in the construction of solar plants of more than 3GW, it currently has 23 PV plants in operation in 13 countries. The group is a global leader in renewable and sustainable energy, with a strong commitment to the reduction of greenhouse gases and the fight against climate change.