Bifacial solar cells and panels are moving more seriously into play now thanks to cost drops and efficiency improvements.
A bifacial solar panel is essentially a solar panel that can collect energy from the front side and the rear side (a normal monofacial module only collects energy from one side).
Array Technologies boosts that technology even further, with solar tracking technology, capturing much more sunlight than a normal solar array.
A press release announces that Lightsource BP has selected Array Technologies to supply single-axis solar tracking technology to the 200MW Wellington bifacial solar farm: Specifically, “DuraTrack HZ v3 single-axis solar trackers were selected for the 200MW Wellington solar farm, which will utilize cutting-edge bifacial modules.
This will be one of the first local projects to deploy bifacial solar at utility-scale. Once operational, the solar farm will produce 435,000MWh of clean, renewable electricity a year.
The farm will generate power equivalent to the consumption of 72,500 homes, displacing 350,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. This is the equivalent of taking 121,580 cars off the road.
Bifacial projects require not only the lowest levelized cost of energy from their tracking foundation but also the most advanced technology to pair with bifacial modules to stack up economically.
Array Technologies has established itself as a market leader in Australia, supplying 2GW of its tracker technology to solar farms across the country.
Reference- Clean Technica, Array Technologies website & PR