Exciting Collaboration for Efficient and Reliable Solar Tracking Technology for Commercial Businesses

by Jessie Capper

Solar tracking technology has proven to improve the performance of photovoltaic panels by 20 percent or more over fixed systems. Dual-axis tracking systems—moving along both a x and y axes—typically provide 8 to 10 percent more energy than single-axis systems. Although solar tracking technology improves performance of photovoltaic panels, there are concerns regarding the land requirements and high costs associated with this innovative technology (Renewable Energy World June 13, 2013). Trackers tend to be more expensive due to their moving parts; therefore, the motor needs to be professionally installed and properly maintained. Furthermore, tracking systems’ movement can cast shadows on neighboring panels; as a result, these systems require more land than fixed solar systems. Due to their advanced technology and demand for land space, solar tracking technology can be a costly investment. Continue reading