ATI’s new vertical mount motor system deployed in Caprock Solar Farm

Array Technologies, Inc., just completed a 25 MW solar tracking installation at the Caprock Solar Farm in Quay County, N.M. Array worked alongside engineering, procurement and construction provider Swinerton Renewable Energy to bring efficient solar energy assets to project owner Duke Energy Renewables. The Western Farmers Electric Cooperative has contracted a 25-year power purchase agreement for the solar energy from the project.

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The Caprock solar project will bring renewable energy to about 5,000 homes across Quay County. This is one of the first sites to utilize Array’s new vertical mount motor technology, which ensures flood-plain compatibility, increasing reliability over a project’s expected 30-year lifespan.

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Array’s design philosophy is focused on providing the most robust and reliable solar tracking solutions to customers, and the new vertical mount motor technology is just one example of the company’s continued innovations toward this goal. As part of Array’s mission to continuously improve durability, this technology is now the new standard for all Array installations.

“We’re proud to partner with Duke Energy Renewables and bring even more clean, reliable energy to residents in our home state of New Mexico,” said Ron Corio, CEO of Array Technologies. “From more than 28 years of experience, we’ve learned that anything that can happen in the field, will happen in the field. We’re excited to integrate our new vertical mount motor technology and increase resilience at the Caprock project site.”

The ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the Caprock Solar Farm in Tucumcari, N.M. on April 12.

— Solar Builder magazine

Logistics power: AET delivers racking for 7-MW Calif. project in one week

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Applied Energy Technologies (AET) prides itself on its logistical capabilities, which played a big part in its selection by Swinerton Renewable Energy for a 7 MW solar PV installation in Mendota, Calif., currently under construction.

Along with providing its Rayport-G ECO ground mount system, AET’s engineering team provided the full design, professional engineering stamp and subsoil evaluation for permitting. AET boasts an impeccable record with 100 percent on time, 100 percent on budget and zero warranty claims. For this particular project, to meet the needs of the customer, AET’s highly efficient logistics team shipped the entire racking solution for the 7 MW project in one week.

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“Swinerton upholds a high level of standards for all of its projects,” said Aaron Faust, VP of Business Development for AET. “To be selected by Swinerton requires an extensive vetting process to ensure the racking team fits the bill. There are many facets that go into a utility-scale solar project, such as shipping, engineering, service, quality product, and cost. AET is focused on meeting all of these needs for every customer.”

A recent report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) confirms the continued growth in utility-scale solar power generation. The U.S., EIA anticipates utility-scale solar capacity to increase by greater than 100 percent (11 GW) over a two-year period (2014-2016), with 4.4 GW of new solar power generation being constructed in California.


“There are a number of factors that are contemplated when selecting the components for our projects,” said Scott Stites, Procurement Manager for Swinerton. “We continue to be pleased with the quality of AET’s racking system, competitive price point, aggressive lead-times, and speed of installation. They have exceeded our expectations in expedited engineering deliverables, materials delivery, and responsive customer service.”

AET’s Rayport-G ECO is strong and durable, having been engineered to withstand the most challenging environmental conditions. Its high-quality and low cost features, backed by AET’s highly-efficient logistics makes AET a leading choice for EPCs and developers looking for a balance-of-system racking component that meets time and budget constraints while upholding quality and reliability for their utility-scale projects.

Swinerton Renewable Energy offers engineering, procurement, construction, and SOLV services for solar photovoltaic plants throughout North America to a diverse range of clients. SRE has delivered over 650 MW solar projects and our SOLV team manages over 1 GW of PV plants.

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— Solar Builder magazine

ATI to supply 1 GW of solar trackers to Swinerton Renewable Energy

Array Technologies, Inc. (ATI), a leader in tracking systems, has entered into a agreement with and turnkey provider Swinerton Renewable Energy to supply and install more than 1 GW of solar tracking projects in the United States. The pipeline involves over a dozen utility-scale projects across varying geographies.

The projects will feature ATI’s recently launched DuraTrack HZ v3. This innovative single-axis tracker builds on ATI’s 3 gigawatts of design and manufacturing experience. Boasting a 6% power density advantage, the industry’s highest reliability, significant installation efficiencies, and zero scheduled maintenance over the 30-year life of the product, the DuraTrack HZ v3 is a groundbreaking design built to lower the levelized cost of electricity.

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“We are very excited to see the successful launch of v3. Its advancements will allow us to provide the lowest installed cost tracker in the industry. ATI’s high reliability and low maintenance costs provide our clients the best overall plant performance. Swinerton is proud to be a long-term partner with ATI and we look forward to successfully delivering our 1GW portfolio together,” said George Hershman, Vice President and Division Manager of Swinerton Renewable Energy. “This was a clear and logical choice–quality and reliability at the lowest overall cost, ATI hit the mark with v3.”

“Our new DuraTrack HZ v3 has been designed for utility-scale efficiency. With an intense integration of function and engineered simplicity, we are able to reduce installation and maintenance costs as well as increase reliability, making it the clear choice for Swinerton’s growing pipeline,” explained ATI founder and CEO, Ron Corio. “Our partnership is based on a mutual interest to increase the dissemination of solar by lowering LCOE and improving its economic viability. We are honored to work with such a well-respected organization and believe that the experienced team at Swinerton proves to be a superior asset to the solar industry.”

The agreement to mass-supply ATI’s revolutionary new solar tracking system comes as solar energy’s competitiveness with conventional fuels is rapidly improving. Key balance of system innovations, such as the utility-focused DuraTrack HZ v3 single-axis tracker, continue to drive down the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) and propel the solar industry towards a bright future.

— Solar Builder magazine