NEXTracker to supply components for 16-MW solar project in Mexico

NEXTracker announced March 30 the shipment of advanced single axis trackers to leading Mexico-focused developer Buenavista Renewables (BVR) for a 16-MW (dc) project.

Located in Chihuahua state, BVR’s 16-MW (dc) Los Santos power plant will deliver electricity to a large cable manufacturer and a private educational network via long-term power supply agreements executed under Mexico’s self-supply law.

“We are proud to be the first developer to deploy NEXTracker’s advanced horizontal tracking technology in Mexico,” said José Ruiz, CEO of BVR’s Mexican operations. “Bankability and speed are key concerns for our projects and we were impressed with NEXTracker’s proven ability to execute on very large projects in other Latin American countries. NEXTracker’s highly experienced team supported us throughout the design process and optimized our site layout for maximum power capacity and performance.”

“Horizontal tracking is particularly well suited to conditions in Mexico, and we are excited to be partnering with BVR, one of the leading developers in this burgeoning market,” said NEXTracker CEO Dan Shugar. “Many project sites in Mexico pose layout constraints, and NEXTracker’s independent row design provides a tremendous amount of design flexibility. This enables developers to fit up to 30% more PV per site, maximizing investment in land and fixed development costs for superior financial returns.”

In addition to greater design flexibility, NEXTracker said its wide rotational range provides a significant energy yield gain and enables PV systems to take full advantage of the high ground reflectance typical of project sites in Mexico. With fewer foundations and assembly points than other tracker designs, NEXTracker helps to mitigate geotechnical risk and accelerates project completion.

NEXTracker said it offers a significant breakthrough in horizontal tracking, with lower costs, better performance and more flexibility for solar power plants of all sizes. NEXTracker has delivered trackers for dozens of projects in sizes exceeding 80 MW, across multiple continents. Headquartered in Fremont, California, NEXTracker said it is one of the fastest growing clean technology companies.

Buenavista Renewables is a greenfield renewable energy development company focused on emerging markets and select island economies, with a particular emphasis on Mexico. BVR develops bankable utility-scale renewable energy power plants aimed at providing both environmental benefit and savings for off-takers. It maintains offices in Houston, Shanghai, and Mexico City.

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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.