NEXTracker Introduces PowerworX Academy – Tracker Installation Training and Certification Program

By on December 1, 2015



Quarterly Program Provides NABCEP Credits for Mastering NEXTracker Installation

FREMONT, CA, DEC. 1, 2015
 ᅳ NEXTracker™, a Flex company, today announced the introduction of its quarterly tracker installation program, PowerworX™ Academy, commencing in Q1 2016. PowerworX, a NEXTracker training program for solar project installers, delivers in-depth, hands-on installation training and techniques that engineering procurement contractors (EPCs) and installers can use in the field to install the solar industry’s most advanced tracker, NEXTracker Self Powered Tracker (SPT).  This new NEXTracker program is registered with the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) for continuing education credits.  

PowerworX Academy sessions will be held at NEXTracker headquarters in Fremont, CA on Feb. 19, May. 20, Aug. 19 and Nov. 4, 2016.

“PowerworX is an extension of our core philosophy of providing our customers and partners superior support, products and installation expertise,” said Dan Shugar, CEO, NEXTracker. “It is a point of pride that we’re able to share our design, engineering and operational experience with our customers and partners so they can leverage NEXTracker’s many benefits to maximize profits and power generation. NEXTracker’s intelligent streamlined design, fewer foundations and unlinked rows ensure accelerated deployment – and deliver significant cost reductions throughout the entire installation process.” 

“We’re pleased to be able to recognize the PowerworX training program for NABCEP Continuing Education Credits,” said NABCEP executive director Richard Lawrence.  “With this program, NEXTracker is meeting a need in the industry for technical training for PV professionals on the design and installation of tracking systems.”  

VIDEO: Watch the PowerworX Academy video.

PHOTOS: Photos from that training can be viewed here.

NEXTracker’s PowerworX training is led by a cross functional team that instructs customers in the fundamentals and finer points of SPT design and installation. Each training session attendee receives a certificate for eight NABCEP solar professional development credits. 

The first NEXTracker PowerworX Academy was held in November 2015 in Fremont, CA. Participants included 28 solar professionals from industry-leading solar companies, including AMEC Foster Wheeler, Blue Oak Energy, Sol-Tek Solar, Moss and Associates. Many of the participants in this initial hands-on academy had no previous experience installing trackers and learned firsthand how simple NEXTracker is to install. And trainees familiar with tracker installation appreciated NEXTracker’s ongoing innovations and gained a better understanding of the company’s product, services and support features.

“Coming to NEXTracker and participating in a hands-on demonstration at their facility is terrific; they have a great venue where attendees can master field installation of their advanced trackers,” said Brad Wilson, Project Manager, Moss Solar. “That’s what really sets PowerworX Academy apart.”

The highest performing, most reliable and smartest tracking solution for commercial, industrial and utility-scale solar power systems, NEXTracker is now being deployed in a significant percentage of grounded-mounted PV projects. NEXTracker’s fewer foundations and assembly points help mitigate geotechnical risk and accelerate project construction schedules.  With independent rows and high slope tolerance, NEXTracker minimizes site preparation costs while providing the flexibility to install more solar power per site. NEXTracker’s enhanced construction tolerances, self-grounding and self-powered design provide valuable savings in labor and materials. The tracker’s wide rotational range maximizes energy yield and enables PV systems to take full advantage of high irradiance environments. NEXTracker professionals are available worldwide to discuss solar tracking needs.  For more information, visit: and follow us on Twitter

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About NEXTracker
NEXTracker, a Flex company, leads the solar tracking category as a designer and manufacturer of advanced single axis PV trackers, offering significant breakthroughs in horizontal tracking, with lower costs, better performance and more flexibility for ground-mounted 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 projects across five continents. Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, NEXTracker is one of the fastest growing clean technology companies in the solar industry.