Projects, Supplier Deals, Strategic Ties Flourish at SPI


The well-attended Solar Power International 2016 show in Las Vegas this week has been the venue for a variety of new supply agreements, new projects and market endeavors. as well as strategic partnership announcements, along with the dazzling array of solar products. Among some of the new deals announced during the show are the following:

New Market News:

Kipp & Zonen note that they plan to take a version of their intelligent measurement transducer into the residential market. The Santa Barbara-based company’s Lufft WS302-UMB, a mainstay in the C&I and utility segments, measures air temperature, relative humidity, solar radiation, and air pressure with a digital interface for environmental software linkage. Other models also calculate wind speed and direction and other factors.

KR Solar Technologies, based in Woodstock, Georgia, has entered the U.S. market with its KR Solar Sphere dual-axis tracker. Based on a patented design, the panel table rotates on the channeled sphere, that sets on top of the mast. Available in sizes ranging from four panels, to 12 panels, the product is being marketed into residential, commercial and temporary power demand situations.

Krinner Solar, based in Tempe, Arizona, has made its debut into the U.S. market with its unique contour-following single axis tracker. The unit couplings between axes permit a 15 degree inclination in land topography, and up the three such couplings can be installed to climb a 45 degree slope. The tracker is now in the midst of the UL certification process. Installations have already been completed in South Africa.

Solargis, based in Bratislava, Slovakia, announced that the company will begin to tailor its global insolation mapping services to tracker manufacturers, adapting the specific parameters of each model into its analysis. The company already provides prospecting, evaluation, monitoring and forecasting services for fixed-mount arrays.

New Project Announcements:

SCS Energy Solutions, based in McLean, Virginia, has won a campus-wide LED lighting project from Tulane University that may be expanded into new solar PV capacity. The company manufactures LED lighting, provides solar monitoring and management services, and offers bundled energy storage solutions.

Solar FlexRack announced that it is supplying a 10 MW tracker project in California, with its TDP Turnkey tracker. The new tracker design features an inverted vertical actuator that enables one mast to adjust for a 10 percent topographical shift. Youngstown, Ohio-based FlexRack has completed another tracker project in Lincoln, Nebraska, built by Nesco and financed by Enerparc.

STi norland, based in Pamplona, Spain, has entered the Chilean market, where it is completing the 247 MWp Romero project. The fixed-tilt array is being built by Acciona Energy at Vallenar, n the Atacama desert. 80 MW will be used to power the Google’s data center in Chile, the company notes.

Suppliers Agreements:

ClearWorld, the Metarie, Louisiana-based solar LED solution provider, announced its strategic supply agreement with MiaSole for flexible solar panels. The latter are used in a variety of off-grid lighting solutions, including a lamp post with the panel wrapped around the post like pipe insulation.

Shenzhen Xinhonghua Solar Energy, at SPI for the first time, announced that is it is tapping SunPower for its 23.5 percent efficient solar cells for the production of its wide array of solar panel configurations. The Shiyan, Shenzhen-based company produces a range of sizes from 72 cell to portable notebook versions that fit into a backpack.

SMASHsolar announced that Trina Solar and Sunpreme are adopting the former’s snap-together, frameless connector system for glass-glass modules. Trina, notably, is providing a pass-through warranty for the connectors. The Smash snap-lock precludes the need for mounts or rails on residential roofs. The company is in the midst of its UL certification process.

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