NEXTracker™ announced today it has started supplying its single-axis trackers to solar power plant in the Western Hemisphere. This grid-connected project of over 750MW will deliver energy to the Northern Mexico region under a long-term contract. Scheduled to enter commercial operation by mid-2018, NEXTracker has shipped over 200MW to the project site to date.
"Mexico, along with India, Australia and the Middle East is part of a new wave of renewable energy markets poised for significant growth over the next few years," said NEXTracker CEO Dan Shugar. "Much of that growth will be supported by single-axis solar tracking technology. NEXTracker's proven experience, and advanced software and tracker technology, help solar power plants operate more effectively with greater energy gains. With our local manufacturing program, local engineering design expertise and an office in Mexico City, this project has our full support."
"It is with a sense of pride that we are witnessing in Mexico the installation of the largest solar power plant in the Western Hemisphere," states Israel Hurtado, General Secretary of ASOLMEX. "The unprecedented scale of this plant, combined with local manufacturing, solar job development and industry leading technology such as NEXTracker’s single-axis trackers, represents a huge boost to help us reach a 35 percent renewable energy target by 2024."
The plant is designed to generate about 1,700GWh of energy per year, offsetting annual emissions of more than 780,000 tons of CO2. The plant will cover a land area equivalent to that of lower Manhattan amounting to over eight square miles and will generate enough output to power approximately 1.3 million Mexican households.
NEXTracker will manufacture a range of structural, mechanical and electrical components locally for this project.