NEXTracker completes 69.5 MW Chile installation for SunEdison


California-headquartered tracking technology company NEXTracker has completed the commissioning for SunEdison’s 69.5 MW Javiera Solar project in Chile – one of the largest PV installations in Latin America.

The addition of NEXTracker’s state-of-the-art single axis PV trackers on site will enable the solar plant to achieve greater energy yield, taking advantage of the high solar insolation levels in the region, which is one of the sunniest and driest in Chile.

According to NEXTracker CEO Dan Shugar, the company’s row design also enables unimpeded access to panel cleaners, delivering an invaluable cost saving for such a dusty environment, and also minimizing the need for site grading requirements.

"Thanks in part to NEXTracker’s independent rows and reduced foundation requirements, our Javiera project was completed in record time – the mechanical aspects of this system were substantially complete in about two months," said SunEdison SVP of operations Sasan Aminpour.

Having earlier collaborated on the construction of the nearby Crucero Plant, Aminpour added that the two companies had refined "lean construction techniques" that had accelerated the completion of the $130 million Javiera project.

Last summer, SunEdison signed a 1.85 GW purchase agreement with NEXTracker for its tracking technology as part of the solar developer’s transition towards lean construction procedures.

Once connected to the grid, the Javiera project will supply clean solar electricity to the nearby copper mining operation of Minera Los Pelambres, under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA).