Hands-on solar: NEXTracker debuts new installer training program


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Having an innovative system is great, but people need to know how how it works. NEXTracker, a Flex company, is bridging the gap with a new quarterly tracker installation program called PowerworX Academy. Launching in full Q1 2016, PowerworX delivers in-depth, hands-on installation training and techniques that engineering procurement contractors (EPCs) and installers can use in the field to install the NEXTracker Self Powered Tracker (SPT). This new NEXTracker program is registered with the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) for continuing education credits.

PowerworX Academy sessions will be held at NEXTracker headquarters in Fremont on Feb. 19, May 20, Aug. 19, and Nov. 4, 2016.

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“PowerworX is an extension of our core philosophy of providing our customers and partners superior support, products and installation expertise,” said Dan Shugar, CEO, NEXTracker. “It is a point of pride that we’re able to share our design, engineering and operational experience with our customers and partners so they can leverage NEXTracker’s many benefits to maximize profits and power generation.”

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NEXTracker’s system has a streamlined design, with fewer foundations and unlinked rows that ensure accelerated deployment and deliver significant cost reductions throughout the entire installation process.

“We’re pleased to be able to recognize the PowerworX training program for NABCEP Continuing Education Credits,” said NABCEP executive director Richard Lawrence. “With this program, NEXTracker is meeting a need in the industry for technical training for PV professionals on the design and installation of tracking systems.”

NEXTracker’s PowerworX training is led by a cross functional team that instructs customers in the fundamentals and finer points of SPT design and installation. Each training session attendee receives a certificate for eight NABCEP solar professional development credits.

The first NEXTracker PowerworX Academy was held in November 2015 in Fremont, Calif. Participants included 28 solar professionals from industry-leading solar companies, including AMEC Foster Wheeler, Blue Oak Energy, Sol-Tek Solar, Moss and Associates. Many of the participants in this initial hands-on academy had no previous experience installing trackers and learned firsthand how simple NEXTracker is to install. And trainees familiar with tracker installation appreciated NEXTracker’s ongoing innovations and gained a better understanding of the company’s product, services and support features.

“Coming to NEXTracker and participating in a hands-on demonstration at their facility is terrific; they have a great venue where attendees can master field installation of their advanced trackers,” said Brad Wilson, Project Manager, Moss Solar. “That’s what really sets PowerworX Academy apart.”

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