Crucero Power Plant

Calama, Atacama Desert, Chile

Overview

Installed high on a plateau in Northern Chile — in a region with the highest Direct Normal Irradiance in the world — NEXTracker’s expansive arc harvests the full solar potential of the Atacama desert. Combining the highest irradiance and the most powerful tracking technology on the planet with a reduced total cost of ownership makes the Crucero project exceptional on every front.

 

Project Facts

SunEdison
DEVELOPER
SunEdison
EPC
CorpBanca
FINANCIER
3282
TRACKER ROWS
231,074
MODULES
 

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NEXTracker Advantages

 

NEXTracker has a ±15° advantage over the competition, allowing for a 120° tracking trajectory that fully soaks in the 275 W/m² of solar irradiance beaming down on this desert region.

NEXTracker’s unlinked tracker rows put more panels to use, all while requiring less steel as support and less power to operate. These optimizations result in a more efficient drive system that effortlessly powers an entire row. In projects of this size, the small details translate into large savings.

Key Project Benefits

5,700 hours
LABOR SAVED
140 miles
COPPER WIRE SAVED
71,000 tons
CO2 SAVED per YEAR
Minimal Site Grading

Media

Shot in the Chilean Atacama Desert, this video presents Javiera and Crucero Solar Power Plants. By partnering with SunEdison on these projects, NEXTracker’s breakthrough self-powered tracking technology is now one of the fastest growing solar tracking companies in Latin America.

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