NEXTracker Partners with Leading Steel Manufacturer Cintac to Support Rapid Tracker Deployment in Growing Chilean Solar Market
NEXTracker™, designer and manufacturer of the world’s most advanced tracking systems, today announced that it has formed a partnership with Cintac, South America’s leading steel manufacturer. Through the partnership, Cintac will manufacture essential steel components and piers for NEXTracker’s Chilean solar projects. This partnership demonstrates NEXTracker’s commitment to partnering with local suppliers to meet the rapidly growing global demand for its advanced tracking systems.Cintac, an established solar project material provider, produced the steel foundations for NEXTracker’s utility scale Crucero and Javiera projects for SunEdison in the Atacama Desert. Together, these two projects total over 140MW. Through this partnership, Cintac will expand its offering by manufacturing NEXTracker’s steel torque tubes, a key tracker component – in addition to foundations.
“By all standards Cintac is a world class steel supplier and their dedication to quality is outstanding,” noted Dan Shugar, NEXTracker’s CEO. “Their proven track record and commitment to high-end construction materials will serve our customers well as we rapidly scale tracker deployment in the region. With this crucial partnership, we can reduce material lead time by more than 50%. We simply couldn’t have chosen a stronger regional partner.”
This partnership deepens the two companies’ commitment to Chile’s clean energy shift and demonstrates the economic benefits of local supply chain strategies. While project developers will profit from the rapid component deliveries this partnership facilitates, the use of a local supplier boosts economic diversification in the region, as construction material suppliers such as Cintac expand their offerings in the fast-expanding renewables sector.
“We are proud to be establishing this important partnership with NEXTracker,” said Cintac’s Giancarlo Stagno, Manager of Operations, Cintac. “Not only is their product transforming the tracker landscape, but as dedicated regional players, their strategic progressive thinking supports a robust and sustainable Chilean solar industry.” Providing customers with strategic material solutions allows NEXTracker to further shorten project timelines and reduce costs, amplifying the value the company is known for: providing reliable, intelligent tracking systems that spur the mainstreaming of solar power. With a self-tracking independent row design, NEXTracker delivers trackers for projects across five continents . I n thinking globally and acting locally, NEXTracker enables rapid, economic and efficient deployment of solar energy and is accelerating Chile’s clean energy shift. Please watch this video to see aerial footage of NEXTracker’s Crucero and Javiera power plants, which feature Cintac’ steel foundations.