The IHS Markit perspective on the trend for string inverters in utility-scale PV systems
The photovoltaic (PV) market has experienced incredible growth in recent years and solar is now making a meaningful contribution to power generation in many countries. Large-scale solar systems are becoming increasingly common. By 2020, nearly 300 gigawatt (GW) of utility-scale PV systems will have been built around the world, up from less than 5 GW at the end of 2010. Within this space, the industry has begun to divide between the conventional approach of using large central inverters and the concept of a more distributed architecture utilizing smaller ‘string’ inverters.
In this complimentary whitepaper from the PV Inverter Intelligence Service, our experts analyze this hot topic, and explain our perspective on why some major project developers and EPCs are increasingly turning to string inverters for large PV systems.