PV tracker manufacturer NEXTracker has shipped its self-powered tracker product for SunEdison’s 110MW Quilapilun solar farm near Chile’s capital of Santiago.
The solar farm, currently under construction in Santiago’s Southern Cone region, will be SunEdison’s largest in South America and will be capable of generating 242GWh of electricity each year.
NEXTracker’s technology claims to allow solar farms to install up to 30% more PV per site and benefit from an increased energy yield, particularly in environments with high levels of irradiance. The self-powered trackers have already been installed in other large-scale solar farms in the Latin American nation.
Dan Shugar, chief executive at NEXTracker, said the collaboration between his company and SunEdison was a promising one and that the Quilapilun solar farm was a “marvellous opportunity” for NEXTracker to demonstrate its technology further.
“NEXTracker’s energy yield and installation savings help us deliver clean energy at lower prices. Additionally, NEXTracker’s design expertise and installation support services help ensure faster completion of projects like the Quilapilún power plant,” Carlos Barrera, VP for Latin America at SunEdison, added.
Earlier this month NEXTracker collaborated with solar developer Conergy to establish the Latin American and Caribbean Solar Alliance (LACSA), a trade body designed to help further the solar industry and support policies in the two regions.