Flex company NEXTracker has commenced supplying advanced single-axis trackers to a 750MW solarpower plant in Northern Mexico.

Being one of the largest solar facilities in the Western Hemisphere, the grid-connected plant will supply the Northern Mexico region under a long-term contract.

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Expected to enter commercial operations by the middle of next year, NEXTracker has delivered more than 200MW of single-axis trackers to the project site.

The solar plant is capable of generating approximately 1,700GWh of electricity each year and will reduce carbon emissions by more than 780,000t annually.

Built in an area of more than eight square miles, the power project will be able to generate enough energy to supply around 1.3 million Mexican households.

"NEXTracker’s proven experience, and advanced software and tracker technology, helps solarpower plants operate more effectively."

For the 750MW project, NEXTracker will develop a wide range of structural, mechanical, and electrical components locally. Key drive and electrical components of the single-axis trackers are completely sealed against sand and dust, which is a significant factor for asset reliability in Northern Mexico’s desert climate.

NEXTracker's chief executive officer (CEO) Dan Shugar said: “Mexico, along with India, Australia, and the Middle East is part of a new wave of renewable energy markets poised for significant growth over the next few years.

“Much of that growth will be supported by single-axis solar tracking technology. NEXTracker’s proven experience, and advanced software and tracker technology, helps solarpower plants operate more effectively with greater energy gains.”

The project also features NEXTracker’s new, internally developed Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, which was developed on Flex’s cyber-secure connected intelligence platform. It is expected to offer significant data collection and management capabilities, improving operational control and analysis of NEXTracker components.

Image: NEXTracker supplies single-axis trackers to solarpower plant. Photo: courtesy of NEXTracker.