5B wins contract for modular solar farm in Puerto Rico

5B solar project with folding solar panels (manufacturing)
5B solar panels (Image: 5B)

Australian cleantech innovator 5B has been awarded a 69MW solar contract by AES Corporation in Puerto Rico.

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It is a milestone project for the country as it transitions to renewable energy. The solar-plus-storage project includes 100MW of 4-hour duration battery energy storage.

The 1,392 5B Maverick arrays are engineered to withstand extreme winds in this designated hurricane-prone region, with wind speeds up to 267km/h.

5B CEO David Griffin said, “This deal clearly demonstrates the ability of the 5B team and our 5B Maverick prefabricated solar array technology to meet the scale, performance, and cost requirements of our utility scale customers.”

AES Puerto Rico market business leader Jesus Bolinaga said, “The high wind resilience of 5B’s Maverick solar technology and its ability to generate more power per acre offers a solution that can enhance reliability and maximize land use. This project is another example of our commitment to advancing a more resilient and green energy grid for the people of Puerto Rico.”

5B is the fastest way to deploy large scale solar in the world. 5B’s record deployment speed is 1.25MW in one day with eight people at Liontown lithium mine in Western Australia.

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5B Maverick is a prefabricated, pre-wired ground mounted solar array that deploys at high speed with minimal human labour. The solar panels are assembled in an accordion-like structure in a factory where they are prewired, then trucked/shipped to site and unfolded using a forklift.

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