Wartsila goes solar

WARTSILA is entering the solar energy business by offering utility-scale solar photo-voltaic (PV) solutions.

Lou Caruana

The new solutions include solar PV power plants of 10 MW and above, and hybrid power plants comprising solar PV plants and internal combustion engines. Both solutions are offered with full engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) delivery.

Wartsila's first solar project will be built in Jordan.

Wartsila Energy Solutions president Javier Cavada said: “We are excited to expand our portfolio with new sustainable innovations and help our customers reduce their carbon emissions. Large-scale solar is a big business, with the installed base expected to grow four-fold to 450 GW by 2025.

“Our competitive edge builds on three things: global EPC capability, a wide sales and service network, and an existing customer base in 176 countries.”

Wartsila expects rapid growth in solar business, resulting in annual sales of 300 million euros in 2020.

Target customers for Wartsila's solar solutions are utilities, independent power producers (IPPs) and industrial customers. The focus areas include Africa, the Middle-East, Latin America and South East Asia. Wartsila will acquire the solar PV modules for the EPC projects from leading module suppliers.

Wartsila is the first company to offer utility-scale solar hybrid plants.