NEXTracker has substantially completed a 70MW shipment to Australia’s largest tracking solar installation.

The 70MW solar project on the Moree Plains of New South Wales (NSW) is being installed by Elecnor, a global Engineering & Procurement Contractor (EPC) specializing in infrastructure and renewable energy.

The project owner, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), is a leading global operator specializing in the complete development and management of solar power assets. The $164 million project is funded by FRV, with $101 million funding support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and debt on commercial terms from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).

“NEXTracker’s technology is an excellent tracker solution for this challenging project,” said Pedro Fernandez, Elecnor project manager. “NEXTracker has developed a unique foundation solution that addresses the challenging soil conditions found at this project site in Australia. The company’s novel technology minimizes site grading and grounding requirements – and simplifies design, installation, and maintenance.”

“NEXTracker greatly appreciates the opportunity to serve Tier 1 global renewable energy customers Elecnor and FRV, and applauds FRV, ARENA and the CEFC’s vision for solar to play a growing role in achieving the Renewable Energy Target. We have expanded globally to meet the tremendous demand for tracking solutions,” said NEXTracker CEO Dan Shugar.

Global demand for solar trackers continues to expand rapidly as the market has transitioned to higher irradiance locations where trackers deliver outstanding increases in power production. NEXTracker’s technology is proven to be a cost-effective solution to maximize solar project returns. Advanced features address and overcome layout constraints, significantly reduce the number of foundations and use of steel, eliminate stress on the drive components by aligning modules with the axis of rotation, and simplify AC wiring requirements.

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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