Soltec’s trackers have been chosen for bifacial compatibility as demonstrated at the European Southern Observatory in the Atacama Desert
Soltec, a leading manufacturer and supplier of single-axis solar trackers and related services in large-scale projects, supplies complete tracker equipment to two solar PV power plants in Israel. One of them is in the Bnei Shimon regional council while the second one is being constructed in the Merhavim regional council. The project counts on a total power capacity of 17 MW, 2 MW of them bifacial.
El-Mor Renewable Energies serves as a full EPC contractor for large-scale PV solar plants. El-Mor procured 534 units of the SF7 Single-Axis Tracker and 64 units of the SF7 Bifacial.
“In this project, regional challenges stem from being high-desert with extreme climate conditions; being remote from population centers and infrastructure; and having harsh supply logistics and installation circumstances that pose risks to the project timeline. Our equipment is utterly proven under desert conditions,” said Emilio Alfonso, Soltec’s VP of Sales EMEA. Soltec has supplied and installed more than 400 MW to PV plants in desert areas of Chile, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Spain, and Turkey.
Because it is designed and proven for extreme desert conditions, Soltec’s trackers are an ideal tracking solution for the region’s harsh environment. SF7 is self-powered and provides the lowest cost of operational power with an autonomous power supply, requiring no additional PV module or grid-powered connection.
Besides, by eliminating array-gaps on the tracker at all pile mounting locations, SF7 achieves complete tracker module fill that enables greater yield. By reducing parts count and installation labor, SF7 also achieves a lower installed first-cost. The net result is a greater benefit/cost ratio that defines Soltec’s principal innovation criteria to increase tracker cost-effectiveness.
Other key features of SF7 that customers value highly include: fewest piles-per-MW, greatest installation tolerances on steep-slope and irregular land, and the greater site-fill options of a short tracker that mounts twice the modules per independent-row tracker length.
In 2015, Soltec manufactured the first tracker specifically designed to mount bifacial panels at a power plant in La Silla observatory, Chile. “This plant is unique, not only because of powering an astronomical observatory. It was the first utility plant with bifacial modules,” said Raúl Morales, CEO of Soltec.
The standard two-up portrait module tracker configuration designed by Soltec eliminates the terminal problem of a one-up configuration and the torque tube imposing constant shading on the backside PV active-area. “R&D has always been Soltec’s cornerstone. Soltec pioneered in bifacial tracking but now we are commercializing a mature standard product with innovation within cost-effectiveness criteria,” said Morales.
Soltec’s global operations and workforce of over 750 people blend experience with innovation. The company has manufacturing facilities in Argentina, Brazil, China, and Spain, as well as offices in Australia, Chile, Denmark, Egypt, India, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Peru, and the United States. With a strong commitment to renewable energy and the environment, the company is dedicated to innovation, product standardization, and customer success.