Arctech Solar breaks into Australian market

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One of the world’s biggest tracker manufacturers, China’s Arctech Solar has announced its first supply deals in Australia.

One order was placed by EPC provider Biosar Australia, a subsidiary of Greek construction group AKTOR, for a 256.6 MW project in Ouyen, Victoria. The project is pencilled in for completion by July 2019.

Arctech Solar will deploy its SkySmart tracking systems specially designed for bifacial modules, which can handle a N-S slope of 20%, use 219 foundations per MW and provide double pitch drive-through space for module cleaning vehicles.

The supply deal confirms that Australian utility scale projects are willing to deploy bifacial modules coupled with trackers.  The emerging combination is expected to grow at a double digit growth rate this year. Some tip bifacial+tracking as likely to become a dominant technology in certain markets.

Victoria’s Ouyen project is said to signify a new breakthrough for Arctech Solar to enter the Australia PV market, following its deal to supply 121MWp of its Arctracker Pro solution to the Yarranlea PV plant in Toowoomba, Queensland.

“We are committed to delivering innovative and competitive products to meet the specific requirements of the Australian market,” said Guy Rong, CEO of Arctech Solar in a statement.

“We are thrilled about the progress we have made in Australia so far and will further expand our presence there. We are setting up a subsidiary in Australia this year with the aim of providing better service to Australian clients.”

According to the figures released by GTM Research, now known as Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables, last year saw a record 14.5 GW of trackers shipped, with Arctech Solar the fourth biggest tracker supplier.

According to the Wood Mackenzie data, U.S. supplier Nextracker was once again at the top spot, followed by compatriot Array Technologies, which has been awarded more than one gigawatt of installed capacity in the Australian marketplace, and Spain’s Soltec, which earlier this year signed its first deal Down Under.