Conergy, NEXTracker launch new solar alliance

Germany-headquartered downstream solar company, Conergy and U.S. tracker manufacturer, NEXTracker have launched the Latin America and Caribbean Solar Alliance (LACSA) on the back of strong solar growth in the region.

The alliance is comprised of a nine-person board, which aims to support further solar PV deployment in Latin America and the Caribbean. It will "direct, organize and promote ongoing initiatives, as well as determine clear goals for the solar industry to spearhead in the Latin America and Caribbean region – that spur greater PV deployment," according to a statement released today.

Specifically, four activities will be focused on: sponsoring global Latin America-focused solar events; underscoring practical knowledge from Latin America experts at conferences; facilitating online knowledge and content sharing forums; and conducting education and advocacy.

LACSA’s first event was held at July’s InterSolar North America, while the second is scheduled to take place next week, at SPI 2015.

According to GTM Research’s last Latin America PV Playbook, the region saw 363 MW of utility-scale solar PV come online in Q2, representing an 80% YOY increase. Overall, it boasts a solar pipeline totaling 34 GW, with 981 MW entering construction in Q2.

"This is an extraordinary time for solar growth in Latin America; the PV pipeline is huge. LACSA will enable us to be proactive – collaborating to sow the seeds for solar to flourish in the region. We look forward to active industry participation that’ll bring broader PV deployment to fruition," commented NEXTracker COO, Marco Garcia.

Andrew de Pass, Conergy CEO, added, "Latin America’s solar market is poised for rapid growth and sophistication. After winning 60MW in Brazil’s large auction last month, Conergy has received lots of inquiries within the industry. We’re excited for this timely launch and to be at the forefront of fostering industry collaboration with NextTracker."