Spanish renewable energy group EDP Renewables has tapped French solar tracking technolgies specialist Exosun for its 30 MW-ac solar plant in California’s San Bernardino Mojave Desert.
The Lone Valley solar plant marks the first project in the United States for Exosun.
Located in the western Mojave Desert, the project consists of two adjacent solar plants equipped with 262 of Exosun’s Exotrack HZ horizontal single-axis trackers, which the company said orient more than 120,000 PV modules toward the sun to increase electricity production up to 25% compared to a fixed-tilt installation. The companys first U.S. project in the U.S. included locally manufactured Exotrack HZ trackers.
Lone Valley also represents Exosuns first contract completion in North America as well as its first collaboration with EDP Renewables, the worlds third largest renewable energy producer.
"Installed on rocky desert land, this project demonstrates the robustness and adaptability of our trackers," said Exosun President Frédéric Conchy, adding that the trackers’ higher energy yield, fast and simple installation and low maintenance requirements were helping Exosun’s new client to accelerate its return on investment.
Exosun also established a North American manufacturing footprint in less than a year after entering the U.S. market. "We have developed partnerships with North American manufacturers, and succeeded complete design transfer for the high quality local production of our trackers," Conchy added.
The plant will generate more than 80,000 megawatt hours annually, enough to power 7,000 average American homes.