SunLink Completes Acquisition of Flagship Single-Axis Solar Tracker Solution
Leader in ground mount racking solutions captures market with comprehensive product portfolio
San Rafael, Calif., March 25, 2015 — SunLink Corporation continues to solidify its leadership position in the commercial and utility solar market by finalizing the acquisition of the SunLink ViaSol Tracker — proven on such high profile, multi-megawatt projects as Arizona State University and USAA’s Phoenix Campus sites, as well as a Southern California community solar project for NRG Energy. Applying SunLink’s engineering expertise to the tracker market for the first time, the SunLink ViaSol Tracker features installation and O&M benefits through the utilization of industry standard, off-the-shelf components and a streamlined design.
“As the leader in ground mount solutions, SunLink is the perfect company to enhance and scale this proven single-axis tracker technology,” said Michael Maulick, CEO of SunLink. “We’ve been watching this segment with keen interest for quite some time, and now thanks to significant gains in module efficiencies, the economics of trackers have finally gotten to the point where an investment made sense for our company and for our customers. Lowered project costs, coupled with the current ground mount market boom, motivated our move to command the tracker space with a reliable and extremely price-competitive solution for our partners.”
According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) in the U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review, 8.1 GW of PV is forecasted to be installed in 2015. Of that total, approximately 5 GW is likely to be utility-scale and commercial ground mount projects. Now offering a full range of trusted fixed tilt and tracker ground mount solutions, SunLink is better able to support customers that are tapping into this market potential, especially the more than 65 percent of ground mount projects being built with tracker technology today.
SunLink’s ViaSol single-axis tracker features a robust central drive that delivers 25+ year durability, lower hardware costs and higher reliability while requiring significantly less maintenance than distributed driven products. Using drive components that have been proven over decades in the heavy equipment industry, each power unit drives up to 1 MW of solar modules. The product offers market-leading pricing in both the utility sector and the commercial space – particularly for commercial projects of 1 to 5 MW.
Attend the SunLink Webinar “Lessons from the Field: Comparing Single-Axis Tracker Technology”
Join SunLink experts on Tuesday, April 14, at 11am PDT for a discussion on the pros and cons of tracker features, such as:
- Module supports, racks and bearings
- Actuator configurations
- Actuator mechanisms
- Tracker control systems
Webinar participants will learn how to weigh the costs and benefits of each tracker design alternative in the context of what is ideal for a given solar project and the ownership and operating requirements of the average 25-year tracker lifespan. To register, visit: http://sunlink.com/training/.
Guided by an enduring commitment to R&D, SunLink is advancing universal solar power adoption by continuing to innovate highly engineered balance of system products that make solar easier, safer, more reliable and less expensive to install. Our industry‐leading roof-mount, ground-mount and tracker systems, combiner boxes, and wire management tools have been proven on commercial and utility-scale projects across North America. For more information, visit www.sunlink.com or follow twitter.com/sunlink.