NEXTracker opens solar education center for both novices and PV pros

When we visited the NEXTracker headquarters last year, it was clear the company’s big focus was on training and education. Fast forward to today, and the company has inaugurated its Center for Solar Excellence at that same headquarters in Fremont, Calif.

NEXTracker logoDesigned as a world class testing and proving ground for solar technology innovations and emerging products, the center provides value to NEXTracker customers throughout the value chain, including EPCs, developers, asset managers and project owners as they evaluate and assess technologies. It will also serve as an educational resource for the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED) and its affiliated K-12 energy-focused school programs.

“For many years, our organization has worked to bring solar to schools throughout the region and to provide training and curriculum that allows teachers, students and communities to really understand the power of the sun,” said Mary Spruill, executive director of NEED.org. “NEXTracker’s Center for Solar Excellence brings all of this to life. From understanding the basics of solar to learning about possible careers in solar, the Center does it all!”

The center is divided into three parts: The Center for Solar Excellence is the showcase, with the latest PV solutions, while the other two sections focus on R&D and NEXTracker’s monthly PowerworX Academy trainings, which the company provides to its customers and third-party installers. The center’s solar arrays generate 150-200 kW, powering NEXTracker headquarters and onsite electric vehicles. NEXTracker will inaugurate the center in July, during the week of Intersolar North America.

Visitors to the center, including industry colleagues, government officials, students, researchers and community members, can embark on an educational tour of sustainability and learn how the company is building a clean, sustainable energy future, one solar tracker at a time.

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