ABB wins PV SCADA solution project in Arizona



ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced that it has won a contract from Fluor Corporation for the 125-megawatt photovoltaic (PV) Arlington Valley Solar Project (AVSE II). AVSE II - a member of LS Power Group - is developing the project. The AVSE II plant is located in Maricopa County in the town of Arlington, Arizona. The project consists of five Array Blocks utilizing PV panels made of crystalline silicon cells on a single axis sun tracking system, a SCADA system to monitor and control the various plant systems, including trackers, inverters, substations, the well water supply and treatment system, and the interface with the plant meteorological station. Relevant plant information will be made available to a remote site and to the California Independent System Operator (CAISO). "We look forward to working with Fluor in developing this first-of-a-kind 125 MW solar PV project," said Mark Taft, senior vice president and general manager, ABB Power Generation. "ABB brings a unique level of competence and expertise to this project, as our capabilities have been proven in some of the most demanding projects around the globe. We are excited to deliver our integrated SCADA solutions, including system engineering, integration of system components, telecommunications, and total project management and execution." ABB's scope includes S+ Operations as the SCADA package to fulfill stringent requirements of scalable yet flexible architecture. S+ Operations will support 60,000 redundant tags with 1000 Historian Logs. Hardware provided includes one RTU, 67 network switches, a GPS clock, control room furniture, two server/client PCs, one client PC, eight communication servers, two printers, UPS backup power supply, and one engineering station. The project was scheduled to be executed by ABB's North American Renewables team in January. This advanced SCADA solution from ABB adds value to the operations and maintenance of this project by maximizing plant availability, production efficiency and overall low maintenance costs. Green energy delivered will be beneficial for California, which has its own green energy efforts. ABB