The enhanced tracker technology will supply domestic content for the company’s solar development pipeline
San Francisco – Today, Clearway Energy Group (“Clearway”) joined global solar tracking technology and software manufacturer Nextracker at its new manufacturing line in Fremont, California, to announce a strategic Volume Commitment Agreement (VCA) of two gigawatts of solar trackers over the next three years. The U.S.-made trackers will supply a portion of Clearway’s solar development pipeline across 17 states.
The announcement was made during a ceremony celebrating Nextracker’s new line to domestically manufacture the self-powered controller component, which delivers advanced capabilities to optimize energy output and mitigate wind and hail damage using integrated weather forecasting and rapid, high stow angle functionality.
“This commitment with Nextracker marks an important step forward in Clearway’s broader domestic content strategy and in our industry’s progress on providing reliable, resilient energy,” said Craig Cornelius, CEO of Clearway. “With Nextracker’s precise control over tracker row angles and rapid stowing capabilities in extreme weather conditions, our growing fleet will set new standards of module protection and help ensure the reliability and resilience of the solar industry.”
“We’re pleased to be extending our partnership with Clearway Energy Group with this two-gigawatt VCA,” said Dan Shugar, Nextracker founder and CEO. “Clearway is a long-time esteemed customer and we’re appreciative that they recognize the value of our high performing NX Horizon™ solar tracker platform and TrueCaptureTM software that optimizes energy yield while helping to protect the system. Volume agreements like this help us further establish our national supply chain footprint with US-made components.”
As part of the 2 GW volume agreement over the next three years, Nextracker will provide its solar tracker and software technology, which together help maximize solar production and protect solar panels during extreme weather, including snow, hail, and high winds.