System reliability is always paramount and Bakersfield 111 Solar Park presents Array Technologies Inc. (ATI) and ET Solar’s turn-key solar financial solutions provider, ET Capital, with an interesting case in point. Not only does the 1.8-MWdc facility need to operate properly in the extreme temperatures of the desert-like summers typical of the San Joaquin Valley, Calif., but also withstand winds in excess of 105 mph. Given these conditions, not just any tracking or racking system would do.
The DuraTrack HZ single-axis solar tracker was chosen to meet the reliability requirements for Bakersfield 111 Solar Park. The advanced tracking system is designed to withstand site wind gusts, in this case of up to 110 mph, without the need to stow. In addition, the DuraTrack HZ’s closed, rotating gear drive system can withstand prolonged exposure to temperatures in excess of 124° F. Another key feature is the DuraTrack HZ’s ability to minimize failure points by linking up multiple rows of modules with a flexible driveline. Since each motor drives approximately 17 rows of 60 modules each, the Bakersfield 111 Solar Park employs only six motor units to track more than 6,000 ET Solar 300-W photovoltaic modules.
With outstanding environmental adaptability, cost-effectiveness and superior performance, ET Solar’s photovoltaic modules satisfy the demand of customers, and bring more returns and benefits for them. More importantly, ET Capital’s tailor-made financial solutions greatly minimize the potential financing risks of Bakersfield 111 Solar Park, and ensure the implementation of project progress as planned.
“Working alongside ET Capital has been a positive and eye-opening experience,” explained ATI Founder & CEO, Ron Corio. “Their impressive portfolio and skilled team have been integral to the formation and development of this project.”
“ATI’s differentiated technology and excellent tracking system will be valued by our customers,” said Dennis She, President and CEO of ET Solar, “The collaboration with ATI enables us to deliver safe and green solar electricity on an even broader basis.”
Once completed, Bakersfield 111 Solar Park will feed into Pacific Gas & Electric’s electricity grid.
— Solar Builder magazine