Solar trackers are becoming very popular especially in urban areas, where residents require reliable supply of electricity. Though it has become the equipment of preference when it comes to alternative sources of technology, there is no full understanding on the benefits of this device, and also you may not be fully convinced, on the reasons why you should invest in one. These trackers are simply a more advanced technology to give support to the photovoltaic panels, that need to be mounted high above the ground. If you use stationary supports to mount the solar panels, the productivity of your solar panels will not be maximized in the case that the sun does not pass in an angle that is optimal to your solar panel. This will result in you generating small amounts of electricity, even though you left your solar panels exposed for a long period of time during the day. Therefore solar trackers are introduced, to bring a solution to this issue and, effectively follow the movement of the sun across the sky, so that the whole time your panels are exposed to the sun, the position is always at an optimum angle and maximum output of energy is produced. Here are some reasons why you need a solar tracker:
- Solar trackers produce more electricity when given the same space as fixed systems.
Since solar trackers can follow the position of the sun at any given time, it will definitely outdo stationary support systems that just face one direction and have one angle toward the sun. You can therefore be assured that there is no time that your solar panel will not be facing the sun at an optimal angle. The amount of energy you will be receiving from your panels could be double compared to stationary mounting. You will not have to worry about what position to fix the panels during the tracker installation process; you will realize the panel will always assume the appropriate position.
- Easy maintenance.
With the introduction of new technologies and invention of new mechanics, the maintenance of tracking systems has substantially reduced. One of the questions, you may worry about is how expensive is it to maintain a tracking system. At first, you may prefer the stationary supports because they hardly need maintenance, unless a little tightening of screws here and there. Tracking systems actually do not need as much maintenance as you may think. The new technology has allowed you to undertake, a thorough maintenance of your equipment at a very affordable price.
- There are different types of trackers for your specific purpose.
You may want to use solar panels for other areas other than your home, it can be a job site or for a recreational facility. The space that the tracking system has, for its operations, in each area you want to use it, differs. For this reason,there are different types of tracking systems like single axis and dual axis. Other considerations to take note of, when choosing a specific tracking system for your job site can be the weather patterns of the area you are installing it and also the latitude degree.
Hugh Greint is a consultant for renewable sources of energy. He does workshops on harnessing solar and geothermal energy. He also owns a company that makes solar panels and offers services like Tracker Installation.