Jim Fusaro, CEO, and Cesar Alberte, VP International, of Array Technologies, talk to Melissa Hancock about the firm’s global expansion plans
New Mexico-based Array Technologies has supplied more than 20,000 solar trackers since its formation in 1989. Today, it is playing a crucial role in expanding into and leading markets around the world in the transition to solar energy.
“The US and Australia are going to be wonderful markets in the future,” Cesar Alberte, VP of International, Array Technologies, told Impact4All in an exclusive video interview.
“As for South America, we think that Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Chile are going to be the main markets. We can also expect a lot of business activity in the Middle East, especially in Saudi Arabia, because they have very ambitious plans to turn the country more towards renewables.”
Alberte also believes that the solar industry is going to experience huge growth throughout Europe over the next five to ten years.
“Germany already has a very mature, solid and robust industry that will enable a higher speed of solar PV deployment and then conditions in the southern countries of the European Union are excellent for having very profitable solar PV assets. So I think Europe is going to become one of the hottest regions globally for solar PV in the near future,” he says.
Array Technologies says its solar trackers have optimised more than 375 utility-scale projects around the world, supplying more than 15 GW of power.
Its DuraTrack HZ single-axis solar tracker is the most widely-deployed tracking system in the world, while its DuraTrack HZ v3 single-axis tracker is designed to withstand temperatures of -30°F to 140°F (-34°C to 60°C).
“Trackers are an essential component of any utility-scale PV plant – they provide around 20 per cent more generation,” says Alberte.
“Based on trying to have an extreme simplicity in our design through innovation, we have a very low component count with elements that live much longer than the plant so we can have an unattended plant with trackers and it works without any maintenance for the 30 years of the plant. That’s what enables us to provide a system with a very competitive capex, and at the same time with the best operational cost, which in turn provides the lowest cost of generation.”
Going forward, Jim Fusaro, CEO of Array Technologies, tells Impact4All that the company is “going to continue to invest and innovate and fuel the next phase of growth through that innovation. Bifacial is an area that we’re focused on along with a number of others in the portfolio.”
Bifacial modules offer many advantages over traditional solar panels. Whereas traditional opaque-backsheeted panels are monofacial, bifacial modules expose both the front and backside of the solar cells, thereby increasing total energy generation.
They’re also often more durable because both sides are UV resistant, and potential-induced degradation (PID) concerns are reduced when the bifacial module is frameless.
“We’re going to continue to innovate and as we build out, we’re going to build local teams that are truly empowered and we’ll do that by building strategic relationships and partnerships within the regions.”
With its global headquarters in New Mexico, Array Technologies also currently has offices in Mexico, Chile, Spain, the UAE and Australia.