Trackers are taking the booming U.S. utility-scale market by storm, and are increasingly being deployed in a wider range of geographies. As further evidence of this, yesterday Array Technologies Inc. (ATI) announced that it has reached 6 GW of tracker shipments.
This news comes shortly after ATI was proclaimed the market share leader in the United States by GTM Research, and the company’s announcement that it will begin supplying products with up to 80% Mexican components to meet requirements in that nation’s market.
ATI credits its 27 years of experience as a tracker maker, with over 12,900 MW-years of tracker operation, as well as its simple design. The company notes that competing tracker makers can have as many as 29,000 parts in a 100 MW PV plant, but that an ATI-equipped plant of the same size has only 187 parts.
GTM Research estimates that over 70% of U.S. ground-mount systems are being installed with trackers, as part of the 12.6 GW of PV trackers it expects to be installed globally this year, a more than doubling from 2015 levels.
For more information on ATI, check out pv magazine‘s interview with CEO Ron Corio from the 2016 Solar Power International trade show.