May 25 (Renewables Now) – US solar tracker maker Nextracker Inc announced today that it has been selected to supply its trackers for the 766 MWp Sol de Cerrado (PV) project in Brazil.
The contract comes from the local mining company Vale SA (BVMF: VALE3). The project is located in the state of Minas Gerais and should lay the foundation stone this year. Completion is planned for 2022.
The equipment selected for Sol de Cerrado is the bifacially optimized Smart Solar Tracker NX Horizon, according to the manufacturer. Nextracker will also support the project through its regional unit with engineering, commissioning, asset management and advanced data analysis services.
Once operational, the PV park can meet 13% of Vale's energy needs in Brazil and offset 136,407 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year. Overall, the mining giant plans to purchase 100% renewable electricity for its activities in Brazil by 2025, while aiming to be climate neutral worldwide by 2050.
This is the second supply contract for Nextracker in Brazil this year. The subsidiary of Flex Ltd (NASDAW: FLEX) has also received an order for bifacially optimized trackers with 830 MW for the Janauba solar project from the Brazilian EPC company Andrade Gutierrez and the developer Elera Renovaveis, formerly Brookfield Energia Renovavel.