Power-One’s AURORA TRIO inverters used in one of the largest solar parks in Lithuania

Power-One, a member of the ABB Group and the world’s second largest designer and manufacturer of photovoltaic inverters, today announced that UAB SOLAR LT, a Lithuanian provider of technical equipment and services, chose Power-One’s popular three-phase, 1,000V DC AURORA TRIO-27.6 and AURORA TRIO-20.0 string inverters for a 1.5MW solar park near Oranai, Lithuania. The solar park is the first PV installation in the Southwestern Suvalkija region and one of the largest solar plants in the country.

UAB SOLAR LT installed more than 6,224 solar modules in an area of 3.98 ha. The company used 48 Power-One AURORA TRIO-27.6 string inverters and one AURORA TRIO-20.0. The inverters are especially suited for commercial use with an efficiency of up to 98.3 percent, two independent MPP trackers as well as an output of 27.6kW and 20.0kW respectively. Connected to the grid in mid-May 2013, the plant has already produced more than 781 MWh of clean energy, equaling the energy consumption of approximately 200 Lithuanian three-person households as well as CO² savings of almost 431 tons.

In Lithuania the energy market depends highly on imported fossils fuels since it has only small domestic oil and gas deposits in the Western part of the country and in the Baltic Sea. Furthermore, the nuclear power plant Ignalina, which covered nearly one third of Lithuania’s energy needs, was closed in 2009. As a result, the government is currently working to increase the share of renewable energy sources to 23 percent of overall energy consumption by 2020.

“We are delighted to be one of the first Lithuanian companies deploying Power-One string-inverters,” said Zilvinas Skardzius from UAB SOLAR LT. “Due to their wide input voltage range they were the perfect choice for this region with its comparatively low solar irradiation.”

“This exciting project gave us the opportunity to support UAB SOLAR LT in their pioneer work for PV energy in this region,” added Gerhard Schackert, Sales Director Northern EMEA at Power-One. “It is very impressive how the company strives to promote solar energy projects in Lithuania and we are looking forward to supporting them further.”

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