Following an agreement with Acciona Energy Oceania, solar PV structure manufacturer Mecasolar will supply the fixed structure to a 24MWp capacity solar farm in Australia. According to a press release issued by Mecasolar, the solar farm, located in Royalla, near Canberra, is Australia’s largest solar farm.
The farm project will utilise a two-post structure fitted with two modules, treated by hot-dip galvanisation. Developers chose a micropile anchoring system to support the structure posts.
Specialising in solar trackers, fixed structures for ground-mount and rooftop installations and foundation screws for large PV installations, Mecasolar is headquartered in Spain with manufacturing facilities in the USA, Spain and Greece and a commercial office in India. The company expected to reach 600MW installed capacity of solar trackers by the end of 2015. Previous to the new project, Mecasolar had supplied 300kW of dual-axis trackers to the Australian market.
Delivery began in late August, to be completed in December, with Acciona Energy Oceania performing turnkey services for Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, which will receive a feed-in tariff entitlement over 20 years.
The supply contract with the Royalla installation marks another shift for the company away from their traditional European base. The company points out that its turnover in Europe is expected to drop from 69% to 27% of the company’s overall revenue in 2015. The company ascribes this to changes in regulations in Europe. Meanwhile sales in Oceania – including Australia – are expected to rise from 6% to 8%, in Asia from 1% to 12%, in Africa from 1% to 12% and in America from 23% to 43%. According to an unnamed source quoted on the Mecasolar website, the company is targeting strategic markets such as the USA, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Australia, South Africa and India.