Tracking company Exosun has expanded its international footprint with the launch this week of Exosun Brazil a subsidiary of the French company that is result of a joint venture (JV) between Exosun SAS and Brazilian energy company Ecoluz Part. SA.
The JV is to be based in Salvador and will seek to offer local EPCs and IPPs the same service and standards associated with the global company. Exosun Brazil will locally manufacture solar tracking systems, and will also offer engineering support services that cover the complete life cycle of a solar plant from design and commissioning to construction and operations and maintenance (O&M).
The Exosun approach is fabless, which means it can supply shortened lead times for its tracking technology, and will partner with local manufacturers to guarantee that its trackers are 80% locally produced, the company has claimed.
Customers of Exosun Brazil will also be offered the chance to benefit from financing programs backed by the Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES, including the FINAME.
Exosun made the decision to augment its presence in the Brazilian market on the back of strong solar growth this year and a successful series of tenders for utility-scale PV projects, with more than 1.6 GW of capacity put out to tender in 2015.
"In this country with high solar irradiation levels, combined with a strong governmental will to develop renewable energy sources, there is a significant market for solar trackers," said Exosun president Frederic Conchy. "It was therefore essential for us to establish a subsidiary in Brazil."
Ecoluz, which constructed Brazils inaugural ground-mounted solar farm, added that the combined expertise of the two firms will ensure Brazils large-scale solar market has a high quality supply of local content-compliant trackers and engineering services as the market embarks of its anticipated ramp-up.
In September, Exosun announced that it had secured a contract with EDF to supply a 146 MW solar development in Chile with its Exotrack HZ horizontal single-axis trackers.