Swinerton completes California solar project using NEXTracker technology

Swinerton Renewable Energy, an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company based in San Diego, California, has completed a 6-MW solar project using NEXTracker Inc. technology.

The solar power system, located in Lancaster, Calif., will supply 12 million kilowatt hours of clean electricity annually through a long-term power purchase agreement.

“This is our second solar project deploying NEXTracker technology,” said George Hershman, Vice President, Division Manager of Swinerton. “We were very impressed with NEXTracker’s product features on our first project using their technology, and suggested opportunities to improve NEXTracker’s design for even more installation flexibility. NEXTracker’s engineers listened to our feedback and evolved the product to satisfy our needs very rapidly. We saw a 30% improvement in construction speed with the enhanced version of the product.”

“We are very focused on customer guidance,” said NEXTracker CEO Dan Shugar. “Swinerton gave us valuable input last year that led to product improvements for foundation and site slope tolerance. Site grading and foundation placement are among the most time consuming and expensive steps in a tracker installation, and with NEXTracker’s independent rows, enhanced tolerances, and high slope compatibility, builders can complete these steps with less time and rework. We validated those improvements and labor savings on Lancaster and other recent projects.”

Certified to stringent UL2703 requirements, NEXTracker eliminates separate grounding materials and associated installation costs.  Its independently-driven rows with wide tracking range enable maximum site flexibility, energy production and power capacity, while simultaneously reducing operating costs. 

NEXTracker has delivered trackers for dozens of projects in sizes exceeding 80MW, across three continents. The company is headquartered in California with offices in Asia, Europe and South America.

With over 3 GW of power generation and 750 MW of solar power expertise, Swinerton offers turnkey solar power solutions for utility-scale and distributed-generation project.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.