Swinerton Renewable Energy completes Lancaster solar project using NEXTracker single-axis trackers

By on February 24, 2015



Project a showcase for next-generation tracking technology with improved construction tolerances

FREMONT, CA, Feb. 24 2015
– 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.

About NEXTracker, Inc.
NEXTracker (www.NEXTracker.com) offers a significant breakthrough in horizontal tracking technology, with lower costs, better performance and more flexibility for solar power plants. These benefits increase solar project profits for developers, EPCs and system owners. Leveraging world-class design and installation expertise, NEXTracker has delivered trackers for dozens of projects in sizes exceeding 80MW, across three continents. The company is headquartered in California with offices in Asia, Europe and South America.

About Swinerton Renewable Energy
With over 3 GW of power generation and 750 MW of solar power expertise, Swinerton Renewable Energy offers turnkey solar power solutions for utility-scale and distributed-generation project, including EPC and SOLV® services. Recognized nationally since 1888, Swinerton is the preferred builder and trusted partner in every market it serves—proudly leading with integrity, passion, and excellence. For more information on Swinerton, visit their Blog, Facebook, Flickr and LinkedIn or follow Swinerton Renewable Energy on Twitter.