22 February 2010
The Spanish company PROINSO, a supplier of modules, inverters, trackers and fixed structures for photovoltaic systems, will supply 1 MW of MECASOLAR 2-axis solar trackers for a solar photovoltaic project in California.
The 2-axis trackers supplied for the project will be manufactured entirely in the new MECASOLAR factory in West Sacramento (California), using local suppliers and labour. The components of the trackers are American UL certified (Underwriters Laboratories), making it easier for MECASOLAR products to obtain the UL certification, and is the only company in its sector acquiring this type of product.
The solar project, which will become the largest 2-axis project undertaken by the company in the State of California, will be completed with the addition of REC 220 modules, and Satcon model 500 inverters for the start-up.
The calculations estimated by the SOLAR PV TRACKER-Program for calculating energy- with MECASOLAR trackers- estimates that in the district of Madera and with an annual average radiation at 0 ° of 1,850 kWh/m2 year, 2,317 kWh / kWp power output will be obtained for a Ratio Performance of 86%. The above calculation programme can be found on the website of PROINSO (www.proinso.net ).
With the order for this project, the Spanish company has started to manufacture their trackers entirely in the 6,000 m2 Mecasolar factory in Sacramento. This will facilitate and increase the entry of their products within the Obama Plan to support investment in renewable energy power products manufactured in the United States ("Manufactured by USA").
According to PROINSO, the company will close in coming weeks a distribution agreement for another project with similar features and output, also in California.
The forecasts are that MECASOLAR will reach the 30 MW figure for trackers manufactured in the new MECASOLAR plant in West Sacramento, employing over 70 people in the two-year period from 2010-2011 in the four companies of the group established in the United States.