Understanding Solar Panel Tracking Systems And Their Benefits

If you have been thinking about putting some solar panels on your property, then you may be looking at either some roof installed panels or some ground installed ones. Ground installed panels are placed on mounting systems. You have the choice between a stationary mounting system or a system that moves based on the location of the sun, called a tracking system. If you would like to know more about it, then keep reading, and visit a solar power provider, such as Accurate Solar Power.

What Is A Solar Panel Tracking System?

A solar panel tracking system is a mounted solar system where the panels are attached to pivoting or moveable joints on the mounts. The mounts angle the panels to the right and left to track the sun as it moves across the sky. This allows for optimal absorption of the sun's rays and a direct position in relation to the sun. This means that the solar panels move throughout the day. 

While single axis panels that move right and left are common, you can also purchase a dual axis system that moves both left and right and up and down. This can track the progress of the sun on more than one axis for more optimal sun exposure. You should understand that dial axis systems are more expensive than single axis tracking ones. However, you may already be aware of the increase in cost since the tracking systems are more expensive than fixed varieties.

What Are The Advantages Of Tracking Systems?

Since both the single and dual axis tracking systems are more expensive than traditional fixed mounted varieties, you may wonder what the benefits are of the system. There are several benefits that make up for the cost. For example, the systems can be placed on a smaller land footprint. Since the panels move, fewer are needed to create the same amount of electricity. If land is not a concern, then the panels can create up to 25% more electricity if the same number of stationary panels are used.

Since electrical usage is low enough, you may create an excess of electricity that will be purchased by your local electric company. This can offset costs and reduce your electricity bills to almost nothing. In some cases, you may be paid monthly by the provider.

While the systems are more complex simply due to the moving parts, maintenance is generally quite low, so this is rarely a concern.

If you want to know more about solar panel tracking systems and the different options that are available to you, make sure to speak with a retailer.