NEXTracker to supply up to 1.85 GW of trackers for SunEdison’s projects
BELMONT, CA, June 12, 2014 – SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), a leading solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services, today announced that it has awarded a master services agreement to NEXTracker, Inc. for the purchase of up to 1.85 gigawatts (GW) of trackers for the company’s ground-mounted projects worldwide over the next three years, tied to an aggressive cost reduction roadmap.
“NEXTracker has developed a truly innovative tracker,” said Ahmad Chatila, CEO of SunEdison. “The NEXTracker platform helps our systems generate more power, while reducing the total cost of ownership. We currently have multiple solar power plants which utilize NEXTracker, including a 73 megawatt (MW) project under construction in Chile that will benefit from its outstanding product features.”
“We appreciate the opportunity to partner with SunEdison, a great visionary leader in solar,” said Dan Shugar, CEO of NEXTracker. “NEXTracker increases solar project profits up to 10% by eliminating many of the design, cost and performance compromises inherent in standard trackers.”
Dave Ranhoff, President of Solar Materials at SunEdison, added: “NEXTracker fits with our focus on Lean construction – it helps us accelerate construction schedules and reduce costs through minimal site grading, lower material and installation complexity and faster mechanical assembly.”
With far fewer piers and simplified assembly steps compared to linked-row trackers, NEXTracker is particularly well suited for Lean construction techniques, making it a favorite of companies like SunEdison who employ Lean to accelerate construction schedules and reduce costs. NEXTracker’s many design innovations 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.
About NEXTracker, Inc.
NEXTracker (www.NEXTracker.com) represents a significant breakthrough in horizontal tracking, with lower costs, better performance and more flexibility. Bringing together some of the most experienced professionals in the industry with over one gigawatt and many years of tracker installation experience, NEXTracker is uniquely positioned to deliver long overdue cost and time-saving innovations to large-scale solar projects. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquarter in Fremont, CA.
SunEdison is a global leader in transforming how energy is generated, distributed and owned. SunEdison manufactures solar technology and develops, finances, installs and operates distributed solar power plants, delivering predictably priced electricity and services to its residential, commercial, government and utility customers. SunEdison also provides 24/7 asset management, monitoring and reporting services for hundreds of solar systems worldwide via the company’s Renewable Operation Center (ROC). SunEdison has offices in North America, Europe, Latin America, Africa, India and Asia. SunEdison’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “SUNE.” To learn more visit www.sunedison.com.