Solar FlexRack supplied its fixed tilt mounting systems to the Central American market for the first time as part of the Zacapa Solar project in Guatemala. The 9 MW distributed solar generation project was developed by Kruger Energy.
Located in Zacapa, Guatemala, this behind-the-meter project is now operational and will provide more reliable and affordable power to a paper manufacturing business at a predetermined cost for the next thirty-five years.
This project faced several challenges, such as many rolling hills with large slopes, some of which were greater than 15 percent. Solar FlexRack’s experienced in-house engineering team helped Zacapa Solar overcome the site’s difficult topography with design support and a time-tested front and back driven pile system.
“Solar FlexRack’s engineering expertise was valuable at each stage of this challenging project in Central America located on a complex site,” said Jean Letourneau, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Kruger Energy. “They treated us like a true partner in completing this project and we look forward to partnering with them again.”
Roughly 40 percent of Guatemala’s electricity comes from fossil fuel-based generating plants. Electricity prices from the utility companies also substantially fluctuate, depending on the day. Renewable energy projects such as the Zacapa Solar project help reduce dependence on expensive, polluting and less predictable sources of energy and provide greater financial and environmental sustainability.
“We are pleased to have been selected as a supply partner by Zacapa Solar for this terrain-challenged project,” said Sasha Honsl, Director of International Business Development at Solar FlexRack. “We look forward to working together with Zacapa Solar as well as Engineering Procurement and Construction firms throughout Central America to efficiently and cost effectively execute additional impactful solar energy projects in the region.”
Have you checked out our YouTube page?
We have a ton video interviews and additional content on our YouTube page. Recently we debuted Power Forward! -- a collaboration with BayWa r.e. to discuss higher level industry topics as well as best practices / trends for running a solar business today.
Our longer running side project is The Pitch -- in which we have awkward discussions with solar manufacturers and suppliers about their new technology and ideas so that you don't have to. We discuss everything from residential rail-less deck attaching and home solar financing to large-scale energy storage value stacking and utility-driven new home solar + storage microgrids.