Arctech Empowers Green Belt and Road in Argentina with Advanced Solar Tracking Solution
Arctech, the world’s leading tracking, racking, and BIPV solutions provider finished the shipment of SkyLine II, a 1P single-axis solar tracker for the Sierras de Ullum solar farm project in Argentina, the company’s first utility-scale project utilizing SkyLine II in the country.
Sierras de Ullum Project
As a ground-mounted solar PV power project with a combined capacity of 82 MW, the Sierras de Ullum Solar PV Park is planned over 100 hectares in San Juan, Argentina, the western part of the country.
The project is expected to bring an investment of over USD 60 million and new jobs to the region. The Sierras de Ullum solar farm is expected to supply enough clean energy to power 50,000 households. The project is equipped with SkyLine II single axle tracker, the world’s first 1P single-axis tracker equipped with a pentagonal torque tube design and synchronous multi-point drive mechanism.
Sierras de Ullum Project
The construction of Sierras de Ullum will directly employ more than 400 people and will have 150,000 state-of-the-art bidirectional solar panels that receive direct energy from the sun and also absorb reflections from the ground. The generation is growing by 6%.
In the lead-up to the first Belt and Road forum in May 2017, China published its “Guidance on Promoting Green Belt and Road,” “Belt and Road Ecological and Environmental Cooperation Plan,” and “Vision and Actions on Energy Cooperation in Jointly Building Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road,” emphasizing that its investment projects will be used to promote the Paris Agreement and 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and are motivated by the need to “share the ecological civilization philosophy and achieve sustainable development.”
As pointed out in a recent NRDC report, based on BRI countries’ targets for renewable energy, the projected installed capacity of renewable energy for 38 countries in BRI could reach 644 GW from 2020-2030, and total investment in wind and solar power could reach $644 billion. However, currently, renewable energy cooperation in BRI countries faces myriad challenges, including financing difficulties, low electricity pricing, and inadequate policy support, all of which have become major obstacles to BRI's renewable energy development.
China is already a major player in the renewable energy sector in Argentina, in the supply of technology, the construction and operation of wind and solar farms, and the sale of equipment. China produces about a third of the world’s wind turbines, around 80% of solar panels and two-thirds of lithium batteries.
The company also announced it recently harvested a new 36MW SkyLine II project in Argentina, propelling the company towards the 3GW club in the Latam region.