GameChange Solar (GCS) has secured a groundbreaking partnership with Sabanci Renewables for the deployment of their Genius Tracker solar tracking technology in the Oriana Solar project. This monumental venture, a 232 MWdc installation situated along the Texas Gulf Coast in Victoria County, marks a significant leap towards sustainable energy generation in the region.
The Genius Tracker technology, renowned for its innovation, will revolutionize energy gains through its WeatherSmart backtracking features and dynamic stow modes. Specifically engineered to withstand severe weather conditions prevalent in the Gulf Coast, including hurricane-force winds, floods, and hail, this technology ensures the system’s resilience and protection against potential damages.
Undergoing rigorous wind-tunnel tests with CPP Wind at speeds of up to 155 mph, the Genius Tracker has proven its robustness and reliability, making it an ideal choice for the Oriana Solar project. Paired with nearly 425,000 bifacial panels, this technology will generate zero-carbon electricity to power around 34,000 homes in the ERCOT grid, catering to load centers in key Texas regions like Houston, Corpus Christi, and Freeport.
Bechtel, a globally acclaimed engineering and construction firm, is spearheading the design and delivery of this transformative solar project. Notably, the facility will also integrate a co-located 60 MW/120 MWh battery storage system, underscoring the project’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions.
Max Johnson, Director of Business Development at GCS, expressed pride in supplying the Genius Tracker technology for this esteemed collaboration between Bechtel and Sabanci Renewables. He emphasized the significance of choosing a US-based supplier, highlighting the dedication to local economies while propelling clean renewable energy initiatives.
Scott Austin, general manager of Bechtel’s Renewables & Clean Power business, reiterated the company’s commitment to this venture, leveraging Bechtel’s expertise spanning 125 years in project delivery.
Construction for the Oriana Solar project is slated to commence in early 2024, with completion anticipated in mid-2025.