Hecate Energy has ordered 4-MW of the new Horizon L:Tec solar trackers from Ideematec for an upcoming installation. The project, located in Newberry, S.C., will be installed by construction and project management services company, Reach Construction Group.
“With their efficiency enhancing design, reliability under extreme conditions, and ultra-quiet operation, Ideematec, Inc’s solar trackers are an ideal fit for Hecate’s Newberry solar project,” said Preston Schulz, Director of Development for Hecate Energy. “Ideematec’s trackers are essential to helping Hecate meet our mission of making a measurable difference in the transition to a zero-carbon electric grid; building projects that minimize disruption to neighbors while maximizing facility output.”
What’s cool about it? This project will be the first facility to adopt Ideematec’s new tracking system, the Horizon L:Tec, which was launched during Solar Power International this fall. The new two-in-portrait (2P) tracker features a patented locking technology that secures module wings in position against extreme wind loads, to reduce maintenance costs and expand product lifespan. Panels are able to remain in stow position, at a zero degree angle, against up to 180 mile per hour winds. The tracker integrates seamlessly with bifacial modules to generate more energy per tracker, and accommodates extra-large photovoltaic modules.
“We are honored to be working with Hecate and Reach on the Newberry project,” says Philipp Klemm, CEO Ideematec Inc. “Their decision to choose the Horizon L:Tec tracker underscores the importance of constant innovation among solar manufacturers. We believe our new design is the next benchmark for solar tracking, prioritizing both durability and simplicity.”
Timeline. The facility is on track to complete commissioning in the Spring of 2021. Once operating, the project will contribute to the state’s budding solar market––with nearly 1,477 MW of solar currently installed, South Carolina is ranked 13th in the U.S. for solar deployment.
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've discusses 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.
We also post our Project of the Year announcements there! Interviews with this year's winners will be up starting the week of Nov. 8. Head there and subscribe today to stay on top of all this extra stuff.