SunEdison signs 1.85 GW purchase agreement for NEXTracker trackers

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Californian solar company SunEdison has announced today the signing of a master services agreement with tracker provider NEXTracker Inc. to supply up to 1.85 GW of trackers over the next three years.

Tied to what SunEdison calls an "aggressive cost reduction roadmap", the contract will cover the company’s ground-mount project plans globally for the next few years as it increases its focus on lean construction techniques designed to accelerate construction schedules and reduce costs.

Ahmad Chatila, SunEdison CEO, has called NEXTracker’s products "truly innovative", adding: "The NEXTracker platform helps our systems generate more power while reducing the total cost of ownership. We currently have multiple solar power plants that utilize NEXTracker, including a 73 MW project currently under construction in Chile that will benefit from its outstanding product features."

SunEdison’s lean construction focus is being employed with an eye on speeding up construction times and thus reducing costs. The use of NEXTracker trackers allows for fewer piers and a simplified assembly process when compared to linked-row trackers. The trackers used by SunEdison do not require separate grounding materials and also feature independently driven rows with a wide tracking range.

Such sophistication enables greater site flexibility, claims SunEdison, which in turn leads to higher energy production and power capacity, all at lower installation and operating costs.

"We appreciate the opportunity to partner with SunEdison, a great visionary leader in solar," said NEXTracker CEO Dan Shugar. "NEXTracker increases solar project profits up to 10% by eliminating many of the design, cost and performance compromises inherent in standard trackers."