Sungrow Open their First Ever Foreign Solar Inverter Manufacturing Unit in India

Global inverter and energy storage system solutions provider for renewables, Sungrow, recently inaugurated its solar inverter manufacturing unit in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The plant is now the first facility operated and owned by the Chinese firm outside of China.

The facility set up in the Kanmanike district of Bengaluru will span over 3 acres. The capacity of the unit is expected to be 3 GW which will be through string and central inverters. String inverters which are set to go into production right away have been slated for 1 GW of the capacity, while the central inverters which are expected to go into production soon will hold the remaining 2 GW of the capacity. As mentioned by the firm, the construction of the facility was completed in 6 months with an investment of approximately ₹36 crores.

Speaking on the occasion Luke Lu, the director of Sungrow India, said, “Last year, there were tensions between China and India, and people were asking me, when you are going back? Now, that question is no more there. Now, we are also recognized as an Indian company, and not as a Chinese firm in India.”  Incidentally, the 70-day Doklam standoff in Bhutan between the Indian and Chinese armies was the time when a lot of Chinese firms went slow on their plans for scouting in India for fresh investments.

“Professor Renxian (President of Sungrow) has a long-term vision for India. One of the results is the opening of this manufacturing facility in Bangalore. This is our first overseas experience and we want to turn this into a major hub for Sungrow’s international business. We will also open a research and development (R&D) centre here in India soon,” added Lu.

The inverters manufactured in the plant will be used to meet the demands of the Indian solar market, but a portion of the inverters produced will also be exported. Being a key contributor to the Indian solar market, Sungrow opening a domestic facility in the country is a wise move for the company and even the Indian market. The locally made high quality products fit in well with the vision of the government that is working towards localisation.

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