Soltec, leading manufacturer and supplier of solar tracker equipment and related services, is supplying 28 MW of single-axis solar trackers for a solar plant in the municipal district of Estill, in the US state of South Carolina.
The project is situated in a region with a sub-tropical climate where strong winds are commonplace. To address local weather conditions, Soltec’s R&D team has optimised the control electronics and developed adequate foundation pillars to keep the trackers stable during strong gusts of wind.
“With these improved features, our trackers are ready to achieve optimum production levels even during the hurricane season from June to November. Soltec has often demonstrated that it is the ideal solar tracking solution for projects that present huge challenges, as in this case”, confirms José Alfonso Teruel, head of R&D at Soltec. “Our high-speed motor moves the PV panels from a maximum tilt of 60 degrees to a completely horizontal position in under three minutes for better wind resistance”.
“Soltec has signed a framework supply contract with Cypress Creek Renewables and we are committed to helping them achieve project success so that they become a repeat client for us”, states Raúl Morales, CEO of Soltec. “Our best guarantee is Soltec’s proven ability to comply with project criteria in terms of time frames, costs and quality”.
Founded in 2014, Cypress Creek develops, constructs, finances and operates solar generation assets in the US. Thanks to a combination of organic growth and the acquisition of corporate and strategic projects, Cypress Creek is currently one of the leading solar companies in the country with 1 GW of installations operational in 8 States.
Soltec takes part in ANCES Open Innovation
Soltec is also continuing in its commitment to research. Company representatives attended the closing event of ANCES Open Innovation last 19 April, an initiative from the Spanish National Association of European Business and Innovation Centres. Soltec, together with a further twelve consolidated companies, have developed a pioneering programme to attract young and innovative companies to the market.
The challenge proposed by Soltec comprised the development of a wireless current sensor with radio communication able to measure a constant current of up to 100 A. The finalists chosen by Soltec were start-ups: Byprox from Murcia; Wireless Innovation from Valencia; and Alteria Automation from Madrid, the eventual winner.
Apart from Soltec, other companies that also submitted challenges included BBVA, Estrella de Levante, Euskaltel, Iberostar and Sacyr.
Soltec’s global operations and a workforce of over 750 people bring together experience and innovation. Soltec has manufacturing centres in Brazil, China and Spain; and offices in Argentina, Australia, Denmark, Chile, Egypt, the US, India, Israel, Italy, Mexico and Peru. With a firm commitment to renewable energies and the environment, Soltec supports product standardisation and the success of its clients.