Mecasolar's tracker sales reflect changing market dynamics


The changing shape of the global solar marketplace is having a direct impact on Mecasolar’s tracker sales.

The Spanish company, which achieved a record in the first half of 2013 by exceeding a 400 MW supply of tracker systems worldwide, said on Tuesday that it expects the European share of its orders will decline dramatically over the next two years while sales in the Americas, Africa and Asia will increase substantially.

At present Mecasolar sells 69% of its trackers in Europe, but based on its orders, it expects that percentage to shrink to 27% in 2015. The U.S. is set to become the company’s largest market in 2015 with 43% of sales, up from the current 23%.

Mecasolar is also predicting significant increases in the share of modules sold in Asia and Africa, with each market currently accounting for only 1% of the company’s shipments. The company predicts Africa will account for 10% of sales in 2015 and Asia 12%.

The company also forecasts a less dramatic rise in the percentage of its products sold in Australia, with that figure set to rise from 6% to 8%.

Mecasolar currently sells its trackers in more than 40 countries, with some manufactured locally under license. Spain, Italy, Greece and Britain are currently the company’s largest markets by country, ahead of the U.S., Mexico, Canada and Australia.

Mecasolar, which currently has a further 200 MW of orders lined up over the next two years, said it is currently focusing on sales in the U.S., Mexico, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Australia, South Africa and India.