Valmont Utility, a business segment of Valmont Industries, an irrigation and energy industry component manufacturer, is entering the North American solar market with the Convert TRJ Single-Axis Tracker.
“Customers in our market have urged us to provide a full range of utility infrastructure — to make everything work together and streamline the process, from solar technology to substations and beyond,” said Yury Reznikov, VP of solar, Valmont Utility. The company recognized the opportunity of working in the solar space due to demand for more viable and innovative solar options in the utility sector in North America, he said.
Valmont acquired majority ownership of Convert Italia SpA, an international solar tracker developer, in 2018. The company has 10 years of experience in the solar industry and 35 years in the energy sector, deploying energy product solutions in more than 1.5 GW of systems worldwide. With its modular design and engineering considerations, Convert TRJ provides utilities structural technology that allows solar panels to generate more power and energy than traditional structures.
The Convert TRJ tracks with independent rows and is capable of backtracking, rotating up to 120°. It works with monofacial and bifacial modules, including thin-film, framed and frameless panels, and comes with a 10-year warranty, according to a product datasheet.
“We’ve established engineering, operations and project management teams specific to North America, allowing us to provide a complete solution with a North American focus,” Reznikov said. “Our products and our service are driven by quality. Not only will the solar structures provide the endurance needed for large-scale utility projects, Valmont will be here for the duration to back our product, with engineering, project support and service teams.”
Reznikov said commitment to utility customers led Valmont Utility to take Convert’s proven solar model and re-engineer it to meet North American standards.
“The flexibility of our established global supply chain allows us to quickly react to the changing conditions that affect the daily nuances our customers face. Valmont Utility can provide a holistic grid to utilities and maximize value,” he said.
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