the future of Chile is photovoltaic – Energy Magazine







According to the International Energy Agency, by 2026 it is forecast that 95% of the world’s energy capacity will come from renewable energy, with solar energy providing more than half. At the peak of solar energy, the company specializing in photovoltaic trackers, Soltec, continues to offer the most innovative products to the market with SFOne and consolidates its leadership in one of its strategic markets: Chile.

Santiago de Chile.- Despite the crisis generated by Covid-19, 138.2 GW of solar energy were installed in 2020, which represents an increase of 18% compared to 2019. This is a world record for annual installation for the solar energy sector. photovoltaic solar energy, according to the Global Market Outlook report. In this sense, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), in its report Renewables 2021. Analysis and forecasts until 2026, by 2026, it is forecast that the world’s renewable electricity capacity will increase by more than 60%. from 2020 levels to more than 4,800 GW, which is equivalent to the current total global energy capacity from fossil fuels and nuclear power combined. In this context, the Agency forecasts that renewable energies will account for almost 95% of the increase in world energy capacity until 2026 and that solar energy will provide more than half.

Soltec, one of the leading companies in the sector with 18 years of experience in it, is committed to innovation as a driver for the development of solar energy and improvement on the path of energy transition. Its commitment to innovation, customers and the places where it develops its products have led it to have an international presence in 16 countries and to be a leader in countries such as Spain, Brazil or Chile.

Its desire to offer the market and customers the best products and services has an inherent need to grow and add value to each location where it develops its projects. In this sense, the company continues to promote its presence in Chile and has recently demonstrated this by bringing its latest commitment in photovoltaic solar technology to that country: the SFOne tracker. This tracker, which has a single axis configuration, is designed for modules of 72 to 78 cells and incorporates the full-wireless system, one of the most innovative on the market. SFOne is characterized by its better adaptability to terrain and environments by having the Dy-Wind technology and meteorological control system, which presents the most advanced methodology for the design of wind structures and the optimization of the Diffuse Booster system for low light conditions. .

This new tracker also stands out for its lower operating cost thanks to its dedicated self-powered module and its ease of installation. In fact, it reduces the time invested in its development by 75%, just like the SF7 tracker that Soltec launched on the market in 2017. It is not the first time that Soltec has developed 1P configuration technology, in 2009 it launched the SA Series tracker . However, it wanted to resume its commitment to this technology in order to respond to all the demands of its customers and the market, as well as adapt to all types of projects.

With presence since 2014

Since the Spanish company opened its headquarters in Chile in 2014, Soltec has not stopped betting on the Andean country. Soltec has been characterized by offering a great economic and energy opportunity to its customers. Bloomberg New Energy Finance positioned Chile for the fourth consecutive year as the best country in the Americas, surpassing Brazil, Canada or the United States, according to its “Climtescope 2021” report.

In this context, Chile, in addition to being a country that has welcomed the various Soltec projects with open arms, is the country in which Soltec developed one of its most emblematic projects. In 2015, Soltec installed a 1.72 MW experimental plant at the La Silla observatory, which became the first project in history to have a bifacial tracker created specifically to mount bifacial panels. This photovoltaic plant laid the foundations for bifacial tracking technology.

Regarding its most recent projects in the Andean country, at the beginning of the year it announced that it would supply 420 MW of its SF7 Bifacial tracker, capable of obtaining 2.1% more energy than its competitors, in Chile and Colombia. In addition, in May, it announced that it will supply 238 MW of its SF7 tracker for a project with AES in the country.

As proof of its commitment to the environment and to the places in which it operates, Soltec always tries to count on personnel from the area for its projects and to collaborate with initiatives that improve conditions in the areas in which it works. In this sense, the company has recently launched the ‘Ecovoltaic’ concept. An ecovoltaic plant according to the criteria established by Soltec is conceived as an opportunity for growth and social and economic development by stimulating employment and hiring local suppliers, in addition to establishing other economic benefits such as the transfer of a percentage of the energy generated (1 %). For a plant to be considered ecovoltaic, it must guarantee the circular economy, the criteria of respect and integration of the environment and biodiversity (agrovoltaics, landscape integration, etc.) and the national compensation of the carbon footprint.

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