ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque-based Array Technologies is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with a new CEO and aggressive expansion into international markets.
The company makes and sells solar trackers, which are used to tilt and turn solar panels to follow the sun, increasing electric output from photovoltaic arrays.
Founder Ron Corio launched the company in 1989 after designing and developing the trackers. He grew it into the largest maker of solar-tracking systems in the U.S.
Now, Corio has stepped aside as CEO to become chief innovation officer, allowing mechanical engineer and former Honeywell executive Jim Fusaro to take the reins.
“Ron felt the time was right to hand over the baton,” said Fusaro, who became CEO last year. “But he’s still attached by the hip to Array through innovation to improve our products and create new ones.”
That includes a newly released “SmartTrack” software system to adjust solar modules in response to weather and site conditions.
“It uses machine-learning algorithms to position the modules right to optimize output,” Fusaro said.
The company is making significant inroads in international markets, a strategic shift that Corio initiated in 2016. World markets now account for about one-third of sales, with staff in China, India, Australia, Europe, Mexico and Chile, Fusaro said.
The company employs more than 300 people, up from 35 in 2010. Most work at Array’s 70,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Albuquerque, and at other design shops and warehouses around the city.