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Published on November 29th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan

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ABB Solar Head Talks Solar Growth Markets & ABB’s Microgrid Specialties

November 29th, 2013 by  


Following up on my first two articles from my recent trip to Las Vegas — which covered ABB’s huge solar push and featured an exclusive interview with ABB solar head Maxine Ghavi — here’s my second recorded interview with Maxine, which was conducted at the site of an ABB* solar power plant in Nevada:

With an existing global presence, ABB looks ripe for some serious solar market growth in just about any hot solar market (there are several now). With its diverse power and automation portfolio, it also looks particularly well-positioned for what looks to become a fast-growing microgrid market. Last year, we actually covered an innovative microgrid project from ABB and General Motors that used Chevy Volt batteries in a modular microgrid energy storage system. I expect much more of that as the EV market heats up.

It was recently announced that ABB would be powering Canada’s largest solar power plant. This was the first ABB solar news we’d noticed and covered in a while, but my impression is that we’ll be seeing a lot more along these lines from the Swiss company in the coming years.

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*Full disclosure: My trip to Las Vegas was supported by ABB. Also, I occasionally write for ABB Conversations. Nonetheless, I wouldn’t publish anything on CleanTechnica that I didn’t think was very interesting and/or useful, and this article and included video were not things that ABB requested I create or publish. 
 
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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the CEO of Important Media. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he offers no investment advice and does not recommend investing in Tesla or any other company.



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