SK Solar and Creotecc Solar Mounting Systems have completed the first 1 MW phase of a 6 MW ground mount array in Mexico.
SK Solar and Creotecc, both California-based subsidiaries of German companies SK Solar Energy GmbH and Creotecc GmbH, collaborated with Colorado inverter manufacturer Advanced Energy on the installation, located in Hermosillo in the northwestern Mexican state of Sonora. The project was commissioned by a large unnamed national retail chain.
The 1 MW Creoterra fixed ground mount system was installed in 10 days by a 12-man crew and features Solon modules and Advanced Energy REFUsol inverters.
"We were very pleased to have Creotecc as our partner," said SK Solar CEO Boris von Bormann. "The efficiency of their racking system, along with the logistics and training they provided, made for a very successful project."
Creotecc oversaw the coordination and training of racking assembly for crews from SK Solar and Solarscape. SK Solar was responsible for engineering, layout, pile driving, mounting system assembly, panelization and DC and AC wiring.
The flat land provided good ground for pile driving, and heavy equipment was limited to the pile driving machine and a forklift to unload and distribute the aluminum rail and modules, according to the companies.
"This project reflects the ramp-up for solar deployment in Mexico and an achievement for Advanced Energy in cementing ourselves in a key emerging market, which was a primary goal when we decided to acquire REFUsol and its three-phase string inverter line in April last year," said Gordon Tredger, president of Advanced Energy Solar Energy. "We applaud the design and engineering expertise of our partners, SK Solar and Creotecc, and the successful and timely completion of this project in this emerging solar market."