NEXTracker Will Supply Trackers To Largest Solar Project In The Western Hemisphere

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California-based NEXTracker has landed the contract to supply solar trackers to the largest solar power project in the Americas and the western hemisphere.

NEXTracker recently announced that it has already shipped trackers for more than 200 megawatts of capacity to a project in Northern Mexico. While the company did not name the project, it is easy to identify the project of this size. A subsidiary of Enel Green Power recently initiated construction of a 752-megawatt solar power park.

The Villanueva solar power park will be comprised of two projects that Enel secured through competitive auctions — 427 MW1 Villanueva 1 and 327 MW1 Villanueva 3. The solar power park is expected to begin generation in H2 2018. An estimated 1,700 GWh electricity would be generated from the park every year, or enough to meet the power consumption of more than 1.3 million households. The projects will also offset more than 780,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. Enel Green Power will invest $650 million in these projects.

NEXTracker will support the project by supplying single-axis tracker technology. Over the few months NEXTracker has landed some very large contracts across the world, which have enabled the company to expand its portfolio to 8 gigawatts globally.

Adani Green Energy commissioned a 105-megawatt project, one of the largest in north India last year, and used NEXTracker equipment. Being one of the fastest growing solar power markets in the world, India will soon host a manufacturing facility for NEXTracker.

The company has already signed agreements with various project developers in India to supply 1 gigawatt of trackers. NEXTracker looks set to expand its presence in India where the solar tracker market is expected to increase from 7% in 2016 to 31% in 2021.

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