New report highlights impact of tracker reliability on utility-scale solar in MENA region

Independent analyst, TÜV Rheinland PTL (TÜV), recently released a report on the economic and risk analysis of two predominant tracker architectures: centrally driven architecture (centralized) and individual row driven architecture (decentralized). The analysis examined components, design, and ability to withstand environmental conditions common to PV power plants – including events such as sand storms, sustained high winds and when systems are exposed to large temperature variations.

Given the high temperatures and winds in which PV power plants operate under in the MENA region, solar tracker reliability has become an area of focus for it’s impact on O&M and long-term costs. TÜV’s analysis delivered a range of favorable findings regarding individual components and system design of the centralized system. In contrast, this report takes a deep look at the impact of these findings on utility-scale solar in the MENA region.

The report highlights the following benefits of Array’s centralized tracking technology over the competing architecture:

6.7% Lower Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE)

31% Lower Lifetime Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Costs

LCOE Savings of $12.41 Million Over 30 Years (100 MW Project)

$2.36 Million Higher Net Present Value (100 MW Project)

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  • “It’s crucial that project developers and EPCs begin to look at the importance of O&M costs when it comes to component selection. The risks inherent to some tracker systems are significant and can have a massive impact on a project’s viability as well as profitability over 20 or 30 years.”
    Brad Forth Executive Chairman, Array Technologies, Inc.

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