Suntech Selects Array Technologies’ DuraTrack HZ™ for New Utility Solar Platform
Reliathon to Use Optimized Solar Tracker for Unmatched Reliability, Scalability, and Maximum Payback
Albuquerque, NM – 10/21/09 – Array Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of innovative solar tracking systems, announces that its DuraTrack HZ™ solar tracker has been selected for Suntech’s Reliathon Utility Solar platform (see Suntech Introduces Utility Solar Platform, Reliathon, Reducing Costs and Speeding Up Development of Utility Scale Projects Across the US).
The Reliathon platform with Array Technologies’ DuraTrack HZ™ tracking system is a new, fully integrated solution, designed to expedite the development of utility-scale solar plants. As a result of this ground-breaking approach, system developers will discover multiple benefits from this end-to-end solar solution.
“We’ve been building solar trackers for the last 20 years,” said Ron Corio, CEO, Array Technologies, Inc. “Given our industry expertise and DuraTrack’s unparalleled design, we’re setting the standard for utility-scale solar tracker installations around the world. When utility and system developers see the speed to deployment and reduction in cost they’ll achieve with Reliathon and our tracker, they’ll be pleased.”
For Reliathon, Array Technologies has optimized the DuraTrack to employ two motors per MW AC versus the typical four motors per MW. DuraTrack’s articulating drive-line connections accommodate installation on undulating terrain and irregular site boundaries, and immensely relaxes installation tolerances. Automatic grounding of Suntech’s Reliathon modules upon mounting to the DuraTrack structure eliminates the ground wire installation step, reducing installation costs.
Additionally, Array Technologies is offering a 10-year product warranty (versus their standard 5-year product warranty) for Reliathon-optimized trackers.
“Array Technologies’ proven record of reliability, innovative design and expertise make them the logical choice for Reliathon,” said Andrew Beebe, Vice President, Global Product Strategy, Suntech. “Their ability to optimize their solar trackers for Reliathon allows us to go to market with an integrated end-to-end offering, providing the utility market with a profitable solution that makes utility-scale projects easier to develop.”
The Reliathon platform with Array Technologies’ DuraTrack solar trackers will be available for immediate orders with shipment scheduled in Q2 of 2010. Suntech Reliathon solutions have already been included in over 500 MW of U.S. solar project bids.
About Array Technologies
Pioneering solar tracking systems for over twenty years, Array Technologies, Inc., is the leading manufacturer of innovative, cost-effective, reliable and robust solar tracking systems. Headquartered in Albuquerque, NM, Array provides its customers with unequaled solar tracking expertise. Our customers include utilities, corporations, small businesses, and home owners. Array’s tracker technology has undergone extensive independent engineering review, and has been rigorously tested in a full-scale wind tunnel. Array’s trackers are manufactured in the USA and shipped worldwide.
Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP) is the world’s leading solar energy company as measured by production output of crystalline silicon solar modules. Suntech designs, develops, manufactures, and markets premium quality, high-output, cost-effective and environmentally friendly solar products for electric power applications in the residential, commercial, industrial, and public utility sectors. Suntech’s patent-pending Pluto technology for crystalline silicon solar cells improves power output by up to 12% compared to conventional production methods. Suntech also offers one of the broadest ranges of building-integrated solar products.
Suntech designs and delivers commercial and utility scale solar power systems in China and the United States. With regional headquarters in China, Switzerland and San Francisco and sales offices worldwide, Suntech is passionate about improving the environment we live in and dedicated to developing advanced solar solutions that enable sustainable development. For more information, please visit www.suntech-power.com.