Exosun to supply 146 MW EDF Energies Nouvelles project in Chile

French renewable energy group EDF Energies Nouvelles has tapped Exosun to supply two-thirds of a 146 MW PV plant in Chile’s Atacama desert with its trackers as well as provide engineering, logistics and construction services.

“This PV project, one of the largest in Chile, represents the most significant agreement signed by Exosun since its founding,” the company said Tuesday.

Exosun will install its Exotrack HZ horizontal single-axis solar trackers on rocky, hilly desert land. They will support 277,360 PV modules, orienting them toward the sun throughout the day to significantly increase energy yield. The company has a stated tracker installation rate of 1 MW per day.

In addition to supplying trackers, Exosun will provide technical assistance to EDF Energies Nouvelles throughout the construction and commissioning phases of the plant.

“After a long and rigorous selection process, we are thrilled to earn the opportunity to work with EDF Energies Nouvelles, a major global energy producer, and contribute to increasing their project’s profits with our high performance tracking systems,” said Exosun President Frédéric Conchy. “We‘re looking forward to proving on the field the technical superiority of our product and the added value of our engineering support capabilities. The contract, the biggest one signed by Exosun since its founding, enables us to enter the booming Chilean market.”

Jean-Philippe Salomé, EDF Energies Nouvelles’ VP of Industry, described Exosun as “an innovative startup” that the company supported at an early stage of development. “The high level of experience gained by Exosun over the past years enabled them to build a competitive offer, in terms of reliability, cost and maximization of energy output. The location of the solar plant, in the highly irradiated Atacama Desert of Chile, makes the trackers even more efficient and affordable.”

The solar plant will produce approximately 362,000 megawatt hours annually, enough electricity to power 120,000 homes. Tracker commissioning, executed by Exosun, is scheduled for the fourth quarter of the year.

The company will be exhibiting its tracker systems this month at the Solar Power International trade show in Anaheim, California.