On the heels of last week’s World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi, Array Technologies (ATI) has announced a number of new developments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region as well as its expansion into the Turkish market. This includes opening a new office in Abu Dhabi, following the receipt of an innovation award from the Middle East Solar Industry Association and the World Future Energy Summit.
Along with these developments, ATI will supply solar trackers for four projects totaling 24 MW in Turkey, through a partnership with local industrial automation company STC Elektronik. Electricity contracts for these projects were signed at WFES, and they are expected to be built in the first half of this year.
ATI cites GTM Research’s prediction that the tracker market in the MENA region and Turkey will grow an average of 56% from 2016 to 2021, and says that its local presence and partnership with companies including STC Elektronik puts it in an excellent position to meet demand in the region.
The global tracker market is growing rapidly, and GTM Research expects that by 2021 nearly half of all ground-mounted PV systems will be equipped with trackers. However, as the market expands competition is fierce, with NEXTracker edging out Array Technologies as the world’s largest single-axis tracker maker in 2015 by market share.