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Solis Has Supplied 2GW+ Of Cumulative Inverter Capacity Including All (Residential + C&I + Utility) Projects Across The Country: Idrish Khan, Chief Technical Officer, Ginlong Solis

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Idrish Khan - Chief Technical Officer, Ginlong Solis

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  • The S6-EH1P(3-6)K-L low-voltage energy storage hybrid inverter is designed perfectly for residential rooftop installations with multiple array orientations and is compatible with high-power and bifacial solar panels.
  • Solis has been catering to the Indian market for the past 6 years and has developed a stronger partnership with our customers, EPC, and developers which helps us if any new compliances are there to follow.
  • Better service and shorter response times have been key drivers for our growth story here in India.

What are the latest product offerings that Solis brought to its Indian customers during the REI and what are their key specialties?

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Solis has a clear focus to do continuous product development and improvement based on market trends and requirements. At the REI expo, we displayed our new S6 single-phase and S5 in Three phase models, which come with great compatibility with High watt peak PV modules like (500watt to 650watt) PV modules. As global PV module manufacturing is shifting from 185mm wafer size to 210mm wafer, the industry has seen great advantages to optimize the project LCOE. Solis S6 & S5 models are now capable to handle higher DC current from PV string. And some other features like DC Arc fault detection, identify any DC Arc fault which happens during new solar plant installation and commissioning.

Below are some of the key features for better understanding.

  • Compatible with High watt Peak & bi-facial PV module technologies.
  • DC Arc fault detection functions
  • String level monitoring
  • Type II DC and AC over-voltage protections.
  • DC reserve polarity protection
  • DC: AC ratio up to 150%

What is Solis’s current installed capacity, both on-grid and off-grid?

Since the inception of Solis India back in 2016, Solis has supplied 2GW+ of cumulative inverter capacity including all (Residential + C&I + Utility) projects across the country. As the Indian market for the last 1 decade has shown a great focus on On-Grid products, that was the primary product Solis has supplied for the Indian market. now, as policies are being introduced for storage, Hybrid & off-grid projects, Solis has also worked on the same and developed the same and introduced Hybrid & off-grid inverters for the Indian market.

Energy storage is an ideal solution to help compensate for an unstable power grid and protect from ever-increasing energy prices. The S6-EH1P(3-6)K-L low-voltage energy storage hybrid inverter is designed perfectly for residential rooftop installations with multiple array orientations and is compatible with high-power and bifacial solar panels. Compatibility with multiple globally recognized battery brands gives customers optimum choice and installers flexibility around the supply of compatible products. It’s integrated with multiple protection and fault-finding systems to ensure the safe running of the system and gives ultimate peace of mind to homeowners.

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Solis off-grid inverter-S5-EO1P(4-5)K-48 is designed for areas without power grids or areas with frequent power outages. It supports the parallel operation of up to 10 units, and a system of up to 50kW. Exquisite appearance and compact structure make installation more convenient. Integrated with multiple protections and fault monitoring to ensure the safety of batteries and equipment.

These newly updated inverters are the result of Solis’s in-depth analysis of market and customer demands. With the expansion of its product portfolio, Solis has established a strong foothold in the Indian market.

What has been Solis’s journey of growth in India? What kind of technological shift have you seen since the start?

Solis has always kept a focus on continuous product development by focusing on the product in terms of Quality, Reliability, and Performance. These three factors are the major ones, where we improved Solis’s product to the 6th Generation, with below mentioned key features which are very useful for any solar project.

  • Enhance DC input current for high-watt peak module.
  • DC Arc fault detection functions
  • String-level monitoring improves quick decisions on O&M activities.
  • Type II DC and AC over-voltage protections.
  • DC reserve polarity protection
  • DC: AC ratio up to 150%
  • Instance control on output total Harmonic distortion to 1.5%
  • Enhance inverter conversion efficiency by up to 99%
  • Smart cooling control concept
  • Flexible in designing the solar system by being compatible with a Y-type DC connection

What are some challenges you face in the Indian solar industry being a foreign player?

Solis is regarded as the best product in Indian Market, we comply with all the rules and regulations listed by MNRE, the Government of India as well as a few more required by different State Governments. Keeping the quality at the top we are able to get the certifications like BIS very easily and were the first to get all portfolio products covered under this notification. Hence, we didn’t face any major hurdles even being a foreign player.

Solis has been catering to the Indian market for the past 6 years and has developed a stronger partnership with our customers, EPC, and developers which helps us if any new compliances are there to follow. This is because of our long-term commitment towards our customers and they indeed cooperate very well with their support.

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Another important aspect of the acceptability of our products is Innovating and developing solutions for the customized needs of the Indian market. Residential and Utility not only require standard and advance features but also sometimes require specific product basis the geographical location or grid. Solis Inverters R&D team handles these requirements very proficiently and hence we see great results in terms of better acceptability for our brand here in India.

Better service and shorter response times have been key drivers for our growth story here in India. We have the best-trained personnel with vast experience to handle any situation in an optimized manner.

What is Solis’s market share target for the Indian market in FY 23?

In the last few years 2020, 2021, & 2022 we have seen COVID hit the world and saw various challenges and difficulties in terms of supply chain and country lockdown. In fact globally IC chips and Semiconductor, IGBT have still not come back on track in terms of fulfilling the industry demand, due to which we have seen an increase in PV module prices. Due to these reasons, big projects are on hold or waiting for some GOI support or waiting for some reduction in costs. In spite of all these factors, Solis has managed to make good sales and has touched satisfactory numbers. And, if things keep getting improved in the raw material supply chain then probably most of the projects which were on hold in the year 2022, will be back on track where we feel Solis would be able to grab a good amount of share based on past supply history.

Kindly shed some light on the significance of the Green Leadership Award 2022 that Solis recently won.

Solis has not only been recognized for championing sustainable and responsible business practices but also for its immense contribution to the welfare of society. Some of the initiatives undertaken by Solis include helping the less fortunate, fighting COVID-19, and participating in photovoltaic poverty alleviation programs. The company donated $155,000 in early 2020 to combat COVID-19. It also donated large quantities of medical supplies to the frontline medical staff. Solis has donated $465,000 in scholarships to universities and colleges, as well as donated inverters for several non-profit photovoltaic projects. Solis is committed to its success and continues to live up to its Corporate Social Responsibility commitments as well. Solis’s cumulative shipment of 30GW+ is equivalent to the annual contribution of more than 36 billion degrees of green electricity, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 35.88 million tons, which is equivalent to planting nearly 19.56 million green plants on earth. Solis has been at the forefront when it comes to meeting its Corporate Social Responsibility commitments. It uses public media, professional organizations, and its website to raise awareness about environmental issues and concerns. Solis will continue to fulfill its corporate social responsibility commitments even in the future by actively contributing to society and devoting itself to public welfare projects.

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Is there any investment/expansion plan for the Indian market in the near future?

Since its inception back in 2017, Solis is now well structured in India for supporting Indian customers and their projects. This is the 6th year for Solis in India as we have HQ in Mumbai and regional offices in Delhi, Bangalore, and service stations at Jaipur, Bhopal, Assam, Ahmedabad, Pune, and Cochin. In the coming year, we will be expanding our service station in the eastern part of the country in states like West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand & Andhra Pradesh. We are having 7 service warehouses across the country as of now and plan to establish 2 more service warehouses to keep service stock for providing quicker service support to our customers. Solis has always focused on giving the best in class after-sales support. With regard to the same, to support the customer after the warranty period we are also coming up with Repair-centre where we can offer inverter repair service for products that have exhausted the standard factory warranty period.

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