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CEP to scale up Nomad solar tracker production with Scatec Solar deal

Cambridge Energy Partners (CEP), the manufacturer of the Nomad redeployable solar generator, has signed a cooperation agreement with Scatec Solar, a large Norwegian independent power producer.

Under the agreement, Scatec Solar will use CEP’s movable solar tracker to offer short-term offtake agreements to commercial and industrial customers worldwide.

Tom Miller, CEP’s CEO, said: “The collaboration with Scatec Solar is an important step in CEP’s evolution, and puts us in position to become the leading manufacturer of movable solar solutions worldwide. We remain optimistic of the potential to deploy solar in remote locations, and feel our Nomad solar tracker is uniquely placed to service this market.”

Nomad is a prefabricated and movable solar generator that uses single-axis solar tracking to maximise solar yield. The prefabricated trackers can be installed in modular 15 kW units, reducing installation costs for large scale projects in challenging locations.

“With a market leading transport density of more than 150 kW per container, units can be packed-up and redeployed multiple times over their useful life,” the company said.

In mining, CEP’s Nomad solar trackers have already found its way into Newmont Goldcorp’s Akyem gold mine in Ghana, where four of them are helping power a 120 kW solar plant at the operation.

CEP said the collaboration with Scatec Solar allows it to “significantly increase” the future production volume of its Nomad solar tracker to hundreds of megawatts per year.

For Scatec Solar, the agreement will help launch a service that offers mining operations in emerging markets access to flexible, reliable and low-cost power through solar plant leasing.

The new service, called Release, offers miners flexible leasing agreements of pre-assembled solar and battery equipment, from 1 to 20 MW capacity.

Scatec said: “The solution is particularly attractive for mining companies in remote locations that rely on diesel driven power generators but would like access to cost efficient and clean energy. Today, approximately 600 GW of large-scale diesel is installed globally. This represents a significant market opportunity for small scale solar power.”

Initially, Release will target the African market with its new solar power plant solution. The company is currently also developing opportunities in Asia and Latin America.

Hans Olav Kvalvaag, responsible for Scatec Solar’s Release redeployable solar solution, said: “CEP’s modular and movable Nomad will help us rapidly deliver projects to the previously underserved commercial and industrial market.”