NEXTracker to supply trackers to 191 MW solar plant in Brazil


Solar tracking is becoming more widely used in utility-scale solar projects around the world, with the most recent project to incorporate the technology a huge 191 MW plant being developed in Brazil. One of the technological front-runners, NEXTracker, has been selected to provide the tracking systems to the plant, with its parent company Flex already involved in the manufacture of modules for the site.

NEXTracker has signed a Master Services Agreement (MSA) with Aktor Construction Group company Biosar, which is acting as the EPC for the project. The agreement will see NEXTracker provide solar tracking technology to the plant, including the installation of the trackers and commissioning support.

“NEXTracker is thrilled to be working with Biosar, an international contractor that’s installed a gigawatt of projects worldwide,” commented NEXTracker CEO Dan Shugar. “Thanks to Flex’s Brazil-based manufacturing and operational presence, NEXTracker is well-positioned to meet the growing high-volume demand for our single-axis trackers.”

The Pirapora 1 solar project is a 191.5 MW plant in Minas Gerais, and will be one of the largest solar arrays in the country once it is completed, where solar market activity has been increasing since the federal energy planning authority rose the PV capacity target to 7 GW by 2024. Biosar was selected by EDF Energies Nouvelles and Canadian Solar to act as EPC on the project, and has given a construction completion forecast of Q3 2017.