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Swinerton Renewable Energy, a leading engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company based in San Diego, California, has completed a 6MW solar power plant using NEXTracker technology. The solar power system, located in Lancaster, CA, will supply 12 million kilowatt hours of clean electricity annually through a long term power purchase agreement.
“This is our second solar project deploying NEXTracker technology,” stated George Hershman, Vice President, Division Manager of Swinerton Renewable Energy.
We were very impressed with NEXTracker’s product features on our first project using their technology, and suggested opportunities to improve NEXTracker’s design for even more installation flexibility. NEXTracker’s engineers listened to our feedback and evolved the product to satisfy our needs very rapidly. We saw a 30% improvement in construction speed with the enhanced version of the product.
“We are very focused on customer guidance,” noted NEXTracker CEO Dan Shugar.
Swinerton gave us valuable input last year that led to product improvements for foundation and site slope tolerance. Site grading and foundation placement are among the most time consuming and expensive steps in a tracker installation, and with NEXTracker’s independent rows, enhanced tolerances, and high slope compatibility, builders can complete these steps with less time and rework. We validated those improvements and labor savings on Lancaster and other recent projects.
Through proven and field tested product innovations, NEXTracker is focused on helping customers like Swinerton achieve the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) over the lives of their projects. NEXTracker’s numerous construction-minded features enable rapid, repeatable installation outcomes. Certified to stringent UL2703 requirements, NEXTracker eliminates separate grounding materials and associated installation costs. Its independently-driven rows with wide tracking range enable maximum site flexibility, energy production and power capacity, while simultaneously reducing operating costs.