The Pirapora solar project consists of three phases, totaling almost 400 MW of photovoltaic (PV) generating capacity built on 800 hectares of land north of Belo Horizonte, capital of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. NEXTracker supplied thousands of its locally manufactured NX Horizon single-axis tracking systems to the project and sent its onsite installation and commissioning team to support the effort.
Challenges facing the Pirapora project were twofold: the remote location of the construction sites and the relatively nascent state of the Brazilian solar tracker supply chain. In order to reach the restricted sites, new roads were built to prepare for the onslaught of new traffic to the project.
The rapid constructability, enhanced energy yield, and minimal O&M costs of the smart NX Horizon single-axis tracking system made it the lowest LCOE solution for the Pirapora solar project. Manufactured to exacting industry-leading quality and reliability standards, the trackers’ drive and electrical components are fully sealed against the red dust found in the area, and also offer full protection against torrential rain during the winter months.
The Pirapora solar project makes a substantial contribution to satisfying the growing energy appetite of Minas Gerais. The PV power plants will supply hundreds of gigawatt-hours of reliable solar electricity annually and contribute to Brazil’s goal of deploying 7 GW of solar by 2025 and obtaining 23% of its energy from non-hydroelectric renewable sources by 2030.
"NX Horizon is not only FINAME-compliant, which is essential for Brazil solar market readiness, but its advanced product features, quality and reliability maximize energy yield and reduce both installation and operating costs for our customers' projects. NEXTracker is the perfect partner, thanks to its local Brazil presence and the strong financial backing of its corporate parent, Flex."