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Soltec, a leading company in the manufacture and supply of single-axis solar trackers, forecasts the sale of 3 GW for utility-scale solar plants this year that will close 2019 with a record of almost 10 GW and a turnover of some US$400m.

Since its foundation in 2004, this Spanish entity has significantly grown its sales year after year. Soltec invoiced almost US$200m in 2018, an amount that is expected to double in 2019, representing a growth of 121%.

Soltec has more than one hundred projects worldwide and is market leader in Brazil, Peru and Colombia. It is also continuing to consolidate its position in the solar power market with revolutionary products such as its SF7 solar tracker and the SP7 Bifacial whose design has been optimised to achieve a maximum yield from bifacial modules.

“This year to date, the trend in bifacial technology is the key to utility-scale PV projects. Eight out of every ten quote requests are for bifacial, confirming our company’s commitment to innovation and research in bifacial technology”, explains Eduardo de San Nicolás, product manager at Soltec.

With its strong commitment to innovation and the development of proprietary technologies, in 2018 Soltec inaugurated its Bifacial Tracker Evaluation Center (BiTEC), to study the performance of bifacial modules in different conditions including albedo, height, distance between modules and module temperature. The research also aims to establish the best tracker design for the implementation of bifacial modules.

With 15 years of experience in the sector and over 35 patents, Soltec is present across the five continents. The company already has offices in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Denmark, Egypt, the US, India, Italy, Israel, Mexico and Peru. With a development-based business model, Soltec has become a European reference in the renewable energy sector while modelling its economic growth based on care for the environment.

The SOLTEC team

Soltec’s growth is linked to its workforce. The company current has a staff of around 1,500 personnel distributed across projects and subsidiaries worldwide. As part of its commitment to job creation and the search for talent, Soltec has recently launched the second edition of the Solteach study grant, a programme that sets out to give the best professionals the opportunity receive a first-hand training in renewables from one of the business references for the sector in Spain, which has achieved a spectacular growth in recent years.

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The second edition of the event ‘Solar PV Plants in Spain: development, financing and the energy future’, organised by the Spanish PV Industry Association (UNEF) and single-axis solar tracker manufacturer, Soltec. The seminar took place last 20 February at the Hotel VP Design Plaza in Madrid.

It was inaugurated by Jesús Ferrero, deputy director for Renewable Energy and comprised four round table discussions which addressed the entire PV plant development process. They also discussed questions about the energy model and technological innovations.

The PV industry is being called on to be the leading technology in order to achieve 74% from renewables from now to 2030. This commitment will not be a problem as the sector has already demonstrated that it is ready to invest”, affirmed José Donoso, the managing director of UNEF, in his opening speech.

Taking part were leading companies such as Iberdrola, Enel Green Power, EDP Renewables and Naturgy that offered the perspective of energy developers in Spain.
Bifacial technology dominated the debate during the technological round table with Canadian Solar, Power Electronics, Jinko Solar and Soltec.

The seminar concluded with a round table discussion on the financing of solar projects given by certification company DNV GL together with representatives from PwC, Bankia and Sabadell.
Following the successful calls for entries in 2018 and 2019, UNEF and Soltec will undoubtedly promote another event geared towards solar power companies that are interested in developing projects in Spain, as well as fostering relationships between Spanish companies in the sector”, confirmed Raúl Morales, CEO of Soltec.

The Spanish PV Industry Association (UNEF) is the country’s solar PV power sector association. Comprising over 300 companies, entities and groups covering the entire value chain of the technology, it represents over 85% of the sector’s activity in Spain and in practice brings together producers, installers, engineering firms, manufacturers of primary materials, modules and components, distributors and consultants. UNEF moreover holds the presidency of and is co-secretary of FOTOPLAT, the Spanish PV technological platform which brings together universities, research centres and companies of reference in PV R&D in Spain.

Soltec’s global operations and a workforce of 750 people combine experience and innovation. The company has manufacturing centres in Argentina, Brazil, China and Spain; and offices in Australia, Chile, Denmark, the US, India, Israel, Italy, Mexico and Peru. Its solar tracking units are designed and tested to withstand extreme conditions, thereby making them the perfect solution for any type of climate. The single-axis PV trackers from Soltec are self-powering and require no additional PV module or grid connection.

Soltec’s SF7 single-axis tracker enables greater efficiency with lower installation costs. The SF7 solar tracker is the innovation of a company with 15 years of history as a PV specialist. Firmly committed to renewable energies and to the environment, Soltec supports product standardisation and the success of its clients.

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The municipality of Talaván in Cáceres will be home to one of Spain’s largest solar photovoltaic power plants, and one of the first in the country to be financed outside renewable energy auctions. The European Investment Bank (EIB) is financing this project with a EUR 70m Juncker Plan loan with the aim of helping to combat climate change. When it starts operating in 2020, this new plant will prevent the release of 263 000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere a year by generating electricity using solar energy.

The EIB is granting this EUR 70m in financing to Talasol Solar via a project finance arrangement making it possible to build and operate the new facility. The solar plant will have a capacity of 300 MW.

The project is under development by Ellomay Capital Ltd. and is a major step forward for the renewable energy sector in Spain as it is being financed at market rates. The EIB is providing this loan under the Investment Plan for Europe, known as the Juncker Plan. This increases the EIB Group’s capacity to finance investment projects that, in line with the Plan’s criteria, involve activities which by their structure or nature make it possible to support objectives such as combating climate change and ensuring sustainable economic growth.

The new Talaván solar photovoltaic plant will create new economic opportunities in the Extremadura region. The project will necessitate the employment of 500 people during the implementation phase and 15 on a permanent basis once the plant is operational. It will also help achieve the objectives set by the National Renewable Energy Action Plan, which states that 20% of the energy used in Spain in 2020 must come from renewable sources.

The EIB and climate action

The EU bank is the multilateral institution that provides most finance for climate action worldwide. The EIB dedicates at least 25% of its total activities to this priority, a figure that increases to 35% for developing countries.

Source: EIB

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On Tuesday 11 December, Aremur, the Renewable Energy and Energy Saving Business Association of Murcia held the first seminars in the Region of Murcia on large PV projects with the collaboration of the Regional Federation of Metal Companies of Murcia (FREMM) and Soltec, Europe’s largest solar tracker manufacturer. Entitled “Solar Plants in the Region of Murcia”, the leading players in the PV sector came together in the FREMM conference hall. The event was inaugurated by Javier Celdrán, Minister for Employment and the Environment, José Marín, Chairman of Aremur and Raúl Morales, CEO of Soltec, and involved three round table discussions which addressed the most important aspects of the implementation process of a PV plant.

After the opening introduction, Esther Marín, General Manager of Energía y Actividad Industrial y Minera, gave a presentation on the future of PV energy.

Iberdrola and REE, the Spanish electrical grid, gave their perspective on the new regulation on access and electricity connection. There was also a round table discussion on administrative matters regarding the authorisation for implementing PV plants in the Autonomous Community of Murcia.
Lastly, the event addressed the technical aspects of designing a utility-scale solar plant, as well as the advances and innovations on the subject, with contributions from JinkoSolar, Power Electronics and Soltec.

Soltec is currently constructing a 84.7 MW solar plant in the Region of Murcia. As part of the project’s corporate social responsibility actions, the company has signed a collaboration agreement with the Totana Town Hall through which they have undertaken to employ people with intellectual disabilities. In this way, users of the “Princess Letizia” Day Centre for People with Mental Illness and the “José Moyá” Day Centre for People with Intellectual Disability will be responsible for the pre-assembly of the screws destined for this PV plant.

The agreement, signed by the mayor of Totana, Andrés García Cánovas, the regional manager of Soltec in Spain, Luis Hernández, and by Ana García Vera, director of the José Moyá Centre, will provide the users of this centre with technical training in the pre-assembly of the screws, thereby fostering their personal and professional development.

In total, 2,900 units of the SF7 single-axis solar tracker will be installed in this plant that will make use of the region’s high level of solar irradiation. Once operational, the plant will avoid the emission into the atmosphere of 63,000 tonnes of CO2 a year, the equivalent to that produced by 15,000 vehicles.

Soltec’s global operations and a workforce of over 750 people bring together experience and innovation. The company has manufacturing centres in Brazil, China and Spain; and offices in Australia, Denmark, Chile, Egypt, the US, India, Israel, Italy, Mexico and Peru. Firmly committed to renewable energies and the environment, Soltec supports product standardisation and the success of its clients.

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Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE), through its subsidiary SGRE 9Ren, has sold three operational solar photovoltaic plants to Aurea Capital, a fund specialised in renewable energy and infrastructure. The plants, with an aggregate capacity of 1.2 MW, are located in the Spanish provinces of Huesca, Murcia and Huelva.

The sale, valued in line with similar deals reported in the industry, is part of the non-core asset disposal programme set in motion by the company in order to enhance its resource allocation and cash management. The deal will have a positive impact on cash and provide a capital gain of approximately €1 million in the current FY19.

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Ingeteam has developed a new monitoring platform directed at all sizes of solar PV plants, as well as PV self-consumption systems. With regard to the latter, the INGECON SUN Monitor platform (www.ingeconsunmonitor.com) makes it possible to monitor domestic and industrial systems alike, with or without batteries.

The INGECON SUN Monitor application presents the real-time data for generation, consumption and energy storage if applicable. Users can view this information on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis.
Those users with an Ingeteam self-consumption system installed in their homes now have information on how much they are saving on their electricity bill, thanks to the harnessing of solar power.

Furthermore, the INGECON SUN Monitor application gives details of all the energy flows in each time slot, so that users have real-time information on which electricity supply is being used to power their homes, the self-consumption ratio achieved (percentage of the electricity demand covered with the energy generated by the system itself, in other words, by the PV panels) and the final use of the solar energy. which can either be direct consumption, battery storage for subsequent consumption or delivery to the public grid in those places where this is permitted. This helps users to be aware of their consumption habits, offering the possibility to change these habits in order to increase their self-consumption ratios.

ingecon_sun_1Many homes are now equipped with self-consumption systems with batteries, based on Ingeteam technology and which use this monitoring system in order to achieve average monthly self-consumption ratios of more than 99%.

The application has also been designed to monitor large-scale PV plants. In this case, the tool proves extremely useful for providing information on all the generation data, both in real time and also for daily, weekly, monthly and yearly figures and to view the gain obtained with this energy production. Likewise, the application provides remote information on the status of any possible alarm present at the plant, so that the user can monitor this situation. Moreover, all this information is compiled in a report that is emailed to the user on a daily basis.

Source: Ingeteam

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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.

Soltec will supply and install 3,019 units of its SF7solar tracker at two PV power plants in Mexico. With these projects, Soltec strengthens its position in the Latin American market breaking through to more than 2 GW of solar trackers supplied there.

The power plants are located in the regions of Guanajuato and Aguascalientes in Mexico, and count on a power capacity of 22 MW and 68 MW respectively. They are to be installed by the end of 2018.
These two projects in Latin America build on Soltec’s successful track-record there,” said Soltec CEO Raúl Morales. “Our solar trackers enable higher yield and greater site-filling options, and reduce material and labor, all combining to achieve the highest grade of customer success.

The Guanajuato and Aguascalientes PV power plants will count on wireless communications and a patented self-powering solution that enables complete tracker module-fill and supplies the lowest cost operational power available onsite and independently at each tracker.

Meeting the tight supply deadlines is a challenge that Soltec is prepared for with our warehousing and logistics system Solhub,” affirmed Fernando Sánchez, Soltec’s VP of Sales LATAM. “Solhub delivers unitized tracker components packaging onsite just-in-time and prepared for minimal additional onsite material handling.”

Source: Soltec

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Wärtsilä has announced that it has delivered the world’s largest solar hybrid power plant. Wärtsilä will provide a reliable and sustainable supply of round-the-clock energy which is essential in operating the off-grid gold mine and demonstrate the enormous potential of integrating renewables as the baseload electricity.

Wärtsilä was selected by the global renewable energy independent power producer Total Eren SA and African Energy Management Platform (AEMP) to build a 15 MWp solar PV plant that shall generate and deliver energy to Iamgold Essakane SA at its gold mine in north-eastern Burkina Faso.

By hybridizing an existing 57 MW diesel power plant with the new solar PV plant and related hybrid plant controls, the plant’s performance has been significantly enhanced. The new solar hybrid plant configuration maximizes the utilization of renewable energy at the Essakane mine. It is estimated that this will reduce fuel consumption by some 6 million litres per year, while reducing the plant’s annual CO2 emissions by as much as 18,500 tons. This project has generated more than 200 employments during the construction phase and is expected to create 75 permanent jobs during the operation phase.

The inauguration of the new power plant, located approximately 350 km northeast of Burkina Faso’s capital city, Ouagadougou, took place on March 16th and was attended by representatives from Iamgold and Wärtsilä, as well as the President of Burkina Faso, Mr Roch Marc Christian Kaboré. A common theme throughout the proceedings was recognition of the success of this project and the growing potential for similar hybrid solutions, particularly on the African continent.

Wärtsilä has been contracted to operate and maintain the plant under an Operations & Maintenance agreement. With this project, Wärtsilä has over 7 GW of installed capacity in Africa.

Source: Wärtsilä

Fotowatio Renwables Ventures, known as FRV, will count with an important technological ally for the management of its renewable assets. Isotrol will provide the company a control center for photovoltaic plants that add up more than 1 GW of installed capacity.

FRV company has trusted in Isotrol’s technology to have a control system capable of managing in a centralized way a set of photovoltaic plants around the world.

The experience of this technological firm, that in 2017 was awarded the creation of five different control centers with similar features, has been an important factor when choosing FRV. The system will serve as an independent platform for monitoring installations, regardless of its technology and geographic location, and the objective of this is to optimize the operation and profitability of a complex portfolio, of at least 10 photovoltaic plants that add up close to 1,1 GW of installed capacity.

The project, that is already in the implementation stage, is lined up with Isotrol’s strategic compromise with the innovation. Together with the implementation of the control platform, the scope of this project includes advanced functionalities tailored with FRV’s objectives and future needs.

“We are proud of having FRV among our customers. They are one of the big players in the Renewable sector and its faith in us means a lot. We are convinced this collaboration will benefit both of us and we hope that it will be extended in the future through new projects.” Says Manuel Losada, Chief Operating Officer of Isotrol.

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