Saturday, April 26, 2014

Solar Tracking Technology at the Le Betout PV Plant in France

Exosun, a provider of solar tracking technologies for utility-scale ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) plants, has signed an agreement with Fonroche Energie, a major player in the renewable energy field, to supply 12MW of trackers and product-associated services for the ‘Le Betout’ PV plant located in South West France.

The 12 MW plant, financed by Capenergie 2, a fund dedicated to renewable energy and managed by capital investment firm Omnes Capital,  will be installed over 79 acres in Saint-Hélène, near Bordeaux, and is expected to produce 16,900 MWh annually—enough electricity to power 4,828 homes.

In its role as construction contractor, Fonroche Energie has selected Exosun to supply and commission 81 Exotrack HZ horizontal single-axis solar trackers. They will support 40,640 panels and approximately 850,000 ft² of PV modules, orienting them toward the sun to significantly increase output throughout the year in comparison to fixed-tilt structures. At the heart of Exotrack® HZ is the Exobox,which enables on-site or remote (via the customer’s SCADA) centralized tracker control, as well as providing tracking data for monitoring. 

Moreover, Exosun will support Fonroche throughout the construction, commissioning and operation phases of the plant in order to ensure the optimal performance of the Exotrack® HZ.  To do so, Exosun will provide Fonroche with tracker installation training, delivered with specific tools, and tracker O&M training.

Tracker installation begins this month with commissioning scheduled for the third quarter of 2014.


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