GRUPO CLAVIJO AND BRAFER: STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO PROMOTE PHOTOVOLTAIC PROJECTS IN BRAZIL

CLAVIJO, a leading Spanish solar tracker company and BRAFER, one of the largest and most traditional Brazilian steel structure manufacturers, have signed an agreement that will provide developers, installers and EPC contractors with access to the most advanced technology in fixed structures and solar trackers for their projects in Brazil.

CLAVIJO, a leading Spanish solar tracker company and BRAFER, one of the largest and most traditional Brazilian steel structure manufacturers, have signed an agreement that will provide developers, installers and EPC contractors with access to the most advanced technology in fixed structures and solar trackers for their projects in Brazil.


The Spanish company Grupo Clavijo and the Brazilian firm Brafer have reached a strategic partnership agreement that will allow them to combine the latest technology in solar tracker design and performance with the highest quality of manufacturing in the country. Brafer brings to the table its long and proven track record in manufacturing steel structures with its own galvanisation plant, while the Spanish company is considered one of the top global companies in the solar tracker sector. The agreement will allow them to undertake major photovoltaic projects in Brazil, which today has more than 2.5 GW of solar photovoltaic energy scheduled to be installed in the coming two to three years as a result of auctions held by the Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency (ANEEL) in 2014 and 2015. The agreement will also respond to other demands in the Latin American market.

The two companies are ready to begin projects in Brazil, with solar trackers manufactured in Brazil and financed by the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES). The Clavijo SP1000 single-axis solar tracker was authorised in November under FINAME code: 3254480.

Brafer Construções Metálicas S/A (www.brafer.com) is a Brazilian company with more than 40 years of experience in the steel structures sector, supplying and assembling these structures. It develops and implements engineering designs, manufacturing at its three production units (Araucária, PR, Rio de Janeiro, RJ and Juiz de Fora, MG), with a transformation capacity of more than 6,000 t/month. It has its own galvanisation unit that has a capacity of up to 2,100 t/month and which employs more than 1,200 people. It is currently finalising plans for implementing a new galvanisation unit with a capacity of more than 4,200 t/month, which is expected to go into operation in the second quarter of this year.

Grupo Clavijo (www.grupoclavijo.net) is a Spanish company that specialises in the design, manufacture, assembly and maintenance of a wide range of solar trackers and structures. With more than 1 GW of installed power, it is one of the global leaders in the sector and is active in America, Europe and Asia, as well as having offices in Chile, California (US) and Abu Dhabi.

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