NEXTracker says the Villanueva plants will be the largest solar power installation in the Western Hemisphere once completed in spring 2018. (Photo Credit: NEXTracker Inc.)
- PV tracker firm NEXTracker has completed the delivery of trackers and piers to the 754 MW Villanueva Solar Power Project of Enel in Mexico
- The US company employed the services of Swinerton Renewable Energy to install 100 MW a month for the project
- So far, 650 MW has been installed at the site; part has already started commercial operations 9 months ahead of schedule
- NEXTracker provided its Gen2 NX Horizon self-powered trackers for the project
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US PV tracker firm NEXTracker has completed the delivery of its trackers for the entire 754 MW Villanueva Solar Power Project in Mexico. Italy’s Enel Green Power has been developing this project, which is the largest in America, in the Mexican region of Torreon (see Enel Begins Construction On 754 MW PV Project).
NEXTracker employed engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm Swinerton Renewable Energy (SRE) to ensure that the trackers and piers for the project were delivered on time. To date, 650 MW has been installed at the site, and installation is being carried out at a rate of 100 MW a month.
Without sharing any additional details, NEXTracker announced that “to support the project and other new projects in Mexico and the southwestern region of the United States, NEXTracker expanded its manufacturing footprint in Mexico.”
NEXTracker provided its Gen2 NX Horizon self-powered tracker for this project, set up as the 427 MW Villanueva I and 327 MW Villanueva 3. In December, the Mexican government announced that Villanueva 3 had already started commercial operations, becoming the first project from the 2015 long-term auction to start supplying clean energy to the grid. Impressively, it came on line 9 months ahead of schedule.
NEXTracker states that its self-powered independent row architecture allowed for each individual row to be commissioned sequentially. The project will also use advanced data connectivity, enabled by NEXTracker’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, which communicates bi-directionally with Flex’s cyber-secure SmartNexus platform.
Once fully operational in spring 2018, the plant is expected to generate enough clean energy to cater for the electricity needs of 1.3 million households and offset over 780,000 tons of carbon emissions annually.