California-based NEXTracker will supply Bunavista Renewables (BVR) with its single axis trackers for a 16 MW PV plant in Chihuahua, Mexico.
One of the largest tracker installations to date in the country, the Los Santos power plant will deliver electricity to a large cable manufacturer and a private educational network via long term power supply agreements.
BVR is the first developer to deploy NEXTracker’s advanced horizontal tracking technology in Mexico, said José Ruiz, CEO of BVR’s Mexican operations. "Bankability and speed are key concerns for our projects and we were impressed with NEXTracker’s proven ability to execute on very large projects in other Latin American countries," Ruiz added. "NEXTracker’s highly experienced team supported us throughout the design process and optimized our site layout for maximum power capacity and performance."
NEXTracker CEO Dan Shugar added that horizontal tracking was particularly well suited to conditions in Mexico. "Many project sites in Mexico pose layout constraints, and NEXTracker’s independent row design provides a tremendous amount of design flexibility. This enables developers to fit up to 30% more PV per site, maximizing investment in land and fixed development costs for superior financial returns."
NEXTracker said that in addition to greater design flexibility, its trackers’ wide rotational range provided "a significant energy yield gain and enables PV systems to take full advantage of the high ground reflectance typical of project sites in Mexico."
Described by Shugar as "one of the leading developers in this burgeoning market," BVR focuses primarily on Mexico. The company has offices in Mexico City, Houston and Shanghai.