New Delhi– German manufacturing conglomerate Siemens’ Indian arm on Thursday announced plans to start making solar photovoltaic (PV) inverters in the country that will initially serve the domestic market.

The company said in a release that the Sinacon PV inverter will be manufactured at its Kalwa plant near Mumbai.

“Siemens India launched with Sinacon PV a new generation of photovoltaic central inverters with an output up to 5,000 kVA. The inverter is part of the Siemens’ new electrical Balance of Plant (eBoP) solution for PV power plant installations,” the release said.

“The state-of-the-art Sinacon PV inverter will be locally manufactured at Siemens’ Kalwa plant near Mumbai for the domestic market as well as for export into the region,” it added.

“Siemens aspires to contribute to this with local value addition in line with Make in India,” Siemens Executive Vice-President Harald Griem said in the statement.

A solar PV inverter converts the variable Direct Current output of a PV solar panel into a utility frequency Alternating Current that can be fed into a commercial electrical grid or used by a local, off-grid electrical network.

Siemens said the Sinacon PV inverter has an outdoor design for harsh environment with fluid cooling and can operate up to 60 degrees Celsius ambient temperature.

The company also plans to set up a local assembly of medium voltage inverter stations.

“The new inverters and inverter stations target large scale, ground-mounted solar PV power plants comprising Electrical Balance of Plant solution,” it said. (IANS)