- NEXTracker to provide what it calls innovative racking technology to mount First Solar’s new Series 6 modules
- NX Horizon technology will be used to mount Series 6 modules in Texas and California for 634 MW of total PV projects
- NEXTracker says the new technology, awaiting patent, is configured to withstand wind speeds of up to 130 miles per hour
US solar PV tracker maker NEXTracker is collaborating with tier I module manufacturer First Solar to work on an innovative racking technology for First Solar’s Series 6 modules. First Solar is scheduled to roll out its new Series 6 modules this year.
NEXTracker will provide its NX Horizon technology for multiple utility-scale projects in the southwestern United States that will use total 634 MW of Series 6 modules. Of this, 312 MW will be installed in Phoebe, Texas, 193 MW in Rosamond, California, and 129 MW in Willow, also in California.
The tracker company plans to use panel clamps for error-proof rail alignment and rapid module installation. It can be configured to withstand wind speeds of up to 130 miles per hour, up to a 15% north-south slope, and also high corrosion environments, stated NEXTracker. It has applied to patent this technology.
NEXTracker has also enhanced its NX Horizon product for First Solar current Series 4 modules, with optimized logistics and cost saving features.
Enthused by the response to its Series 6 product, First Solar recently announced a new 1.2 GW production facility in Ohio, completely dedicated to manufacturing the new models. It plans to continue with Series 4 production on one of the production lines in Ohio (see 1.2 GW First Solar Fab In Ohio).
One of the first PV projects that will use First Solar’s Series 6 modules is located in Australia. Recently, First Solar achieved financial close for this 87 MW Beryl Solar Farm in New South Wales, reported local media.