GameChange Solar Finishes 394 MW Tracker Project in Gujarat for Tata

Highlights :

  • US solar equipment supplier GameChange Solar has completed its first Genius Tracker™ project in India.
  • This is the largest solar project utilizing single-axis trackers in India, and GameChange Solar’s Genius Tracker™ 1P was selected for the project because of the challenging ground conditions and high winds experienced in the area, an official statement said.

US solar equipment supplier GameChange Solar has completed its first Genius Tracker™ project in India. The 394 MW project is located 110 km from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, and is expected to supply clean solar power to the equivalent of 376,000 households.

The company, which manufactures fixed tilt structures and solar trackers, said that it is proud to have been selected by Tata Power, a leading independent power producer in India and part of the Tata Group. This is the largest solar project utilizing single-axis trackers in India, and GameChange Solar’s Genius Tracker™ 1P was selected for the project because of the challenging ground conditions and high winds experienced in the area, an official statement said. The Genius Tracker™ is said to be engineered specifically for these conditions.

The project, which was only partially constructed at the time, withstood the Tauktae cyclone when it hit in May of 2021. This was the strongest cyclone to strike Gujarat since 1998 and had wind speeds in excess of 160 km/h and uprooted trees & electricity poles. Fortunately, no damage was caused to the portion of the facility installed at that time.

More than 20% of the materials used while installing the Genius Tracker™ came from within the country. GameChange Solar is targeting to locally source more than 50% of the parts for its systems on all future projects in India.

Vikas Bansal, Chief Operating Officer, International for GameChange Solar, stated, “We were pleased to have Genius Tracker™ selected for the Ahmedabad project. We are looking forward to bringing GameChange Solar’s cutting-edge Genius Tracker™ technology to more projects in India. As a global leader in the solar industry, we will strive to make an impact on the clean energy supply throughout the Indian subcontinent.”

GameChange Solar announced last month that it was setting up an office in Bangalore, Karnataka. In March this year, the PV tracker firm announced that it had deployed over 2,30,000 solar trackers till date. Each solar tracker is an independent robotic system that moves an average of 90 PV solar modules throughout the course of the day to follow the sun and interact with weather patterns to optimize energy harvest for power plant owners.

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Soumya Duggal

Soumya is a master's degree holder in English, with a passion for writing. It's an interest she has directed towards environmental writing recently, with a special emphasis on the progress being made in renewable energy.

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