Soltec supplies bifacial solar trackers for photovoltaic project in Israel
Soltec's trackers have been chosen for the project because of their compatibility with the bifacial technology demonstrated at the European Southern Observatory in the Atacama Desert.
Soltec, a leading manufacturer of single-axis solar trackers, has begun supplying its photovoltaic equipment to a two-plant project in Israel. The first one is located in the Bnei Shimon region, while the second one is under construction in the Merhavim region. The project has a total capacity of 17 MW, of which 2 MW are bifacial.
El-Mor Renewable Energies, a company specialising in the development of renewable generation projects, purchased 534 units of the SF7 Single-Axis Tracker and 64 units of the SF7 Bifacial.
"In this project, the main challenges stem from the extreme climatic conditions of a high-altitude desert. The logistics presented challenges to meet the project schedule, as the solar plants are located far away from population centres and main roads. Fortunately, our experience shows that we work successfully under such conditions," says Emilio Alfonso, Soltec's Vice President Sales EMEA. Soltec has supplied and installed more than 400 MW of photovoltaic plants in desert areas in Chile, Spain, Israel, Jordan, Morocco and Turkey.
In 2015, Soltec manufactured the first tracker specifically designed to mount bifacial panels at a plant located at the European Southern Observatory in La Silla, Chile. "This plant is unique, not only for powering an astronomical observatory. It was the first photovoltaic plant with bifacial solar panels," says Raúl Morales, CEO of Soltec. "Soltec was a pioneer in bifacial tracking, and now we are commercialising a mature product. We have always innovated without losing sight of profitability.