Soltec’s trackers chosen for bifacial compatibility as demonstrated at the European Southern Observatory in the Atacama Desert
Soltec, a leading manufacturer and supplier of single-axis solar trackers and related services in large-scale projects, supplies complete tracker equipment to two solar PV power plants in Israel. One of them is in the Bnei Shimon regional council while the second one is being constructed in the Merhavim regional council. The project counts on a total power capacity of 17 MW, 2 MW of them bifacial.
“In this project, regional challenges stem from being high-desert with extreme climate conditions; being remote from population centers and infrastructure; and having harsh supply logistics and installation circumstances that pose risks to the project timeline. Our equipment is utterly proven under desert conditions,” said Emilio Alfonso, Soltec’s VP of Sales EMEA. Soltec has supplied and installed more than 400 MW to PV plants in desert areas of Chile, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Spain, and Turkey.
In 2015, Soltec manufactured the first tracker specifically designed to mount bifacial panels at a power plant in La Silla observatory, Chile. “This plant is unique, not only because of powering an astronomical observatory. It was the first utility plant with bifacial modules,” said Raúl Morales, CEO of Soltec.
The standard two-up portrait module tracker configuration designed by Soltec eliminates the terminal problem of a one-up configuration and the torque tube imposing constant shading on the backside PV active-area. “Soltec pioneered in bifacial tracking but now we are commercializing a mature standard product with innovation within cost-effectiveness criteria,” added Morales.