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Advantages and Disadvantages of a Solar Tracker System

Solar trackers are rising in popularity, but not everyone understands the complete benefits and potential drawbacks of the system. Solar panel tracking solutions are a type of device that host mounted photovoltaic panels, which use the sun to generate electricity. Stationary mounts, which hold these panels in a fixed position, can have their productivity compromised when the sun passes to a less-than-optimal angle. Compensating for this, solar trackers automatically move to “track” the progress of the sun across the sky, thereby maximizing output.

It’s a fantastic system for energy output, but there are a few considerations to bear in mind before pursuing one for your job site.

Advantages:

  • Solar trackers generate more electricity than their stationary counterparts due to an increased direct exposure to solar rays.
  • There are many different kinds of solar tracker, such as single-axis and dual-axis trackers, which can help you find the perfect fit for your unique job site. Installation size, local weather, degree of latitude, and electrical requirements are all important considerations that can influence the type of solar tracker that’s best for you.
  • Solar trackers generate more electricity in roughly the same amount of space needed for fixed tilt systems, making them ideal optimizing land usage.

Disadvantages:

  • Solar trackers are slightly more expensive than their stationary counterparts, due to the more complex technology and moving parts necessary for their operation.
  • Some ongoing maintenance is generally required, though the quality of the solar tracker can play a role in how much and how often this maintenance is needed.

Overall, solar trackers are highly efficient installations, and are a great fit for many smaller jobsites. If you’re interested in learning more about solar trackers or how a solar tracker system could work on your jobsite, be sure to contact us for more information!