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Bi-Facial Panels on Sun Action Trackers

Bi-Facial Panels on Sun Action Trackers

With a number of current innovations in panel manufacturing along with lowered costs in the marketplace, bi-facial panels are starting to become a viable option for further increased production in solar arrays.  Bi-facial panels are expected to grow into a double digit share of solar panel sales within the year and tracker companies are scrambling to modify designs to fit this new opportunity.  With an average increase of 12.5%, many tracker companies have had to redesign their offering to support bi-facial panels to compete with this upcoming trend.

“With the help of our partners at Mission Solar Energy, we have been testing our Dual Axis Solar Trackers and Single Axis Solar Trackers for years with bi-facial solar modules, and have seen production increases in line with industry standards, and even higher in some cases.”

-Pete Lipscomb, Director of Business Development.

 

The most interesting statistic that most are not thinking of however, is the difference between Dual Axis Solar Trackers and Single Axis Solar Trackers.  With an increase of up to 25% between the two, the addition of bi-facial panels will make an even more significant impact.

The PST-2AL Dual Axis Solar Tracker has produced gains of up to 50% compared to fixed tilt systems with using bi-facial solar panels.  If you would like to learn more about how our Dual Axis Solar Tracker can utilize bi-facial solar technology, please CONTACT US for more information.

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Summer Heat Records Reach Pricing Maximum in Texas

The oppressive heat of a summer in Texas is hard to deny, but in that oppression lies great opportunity for solar production.  As the heat begins to rise, wind begins to slow making solar much more important to renewable initiatives across the state.

In the past two weeks, ERCOT has reported record breaking energy demands state wide matching the record breaking temperatures.  In the past week, they have set a new record peak energy demand of 5080 MW and with higher temperatures expected, that record could be easily broken as well.

This increased demand has driven prices up for solar energy to the maximum legal price statewide of $9.00/kWH (disregarding contractual Power Purchase Agreements) during midday peak pricing hours.

The rise in demand and pricing makes Texas a prime location for your solar project.  It is currently the 7th overall state of solar power installed, while it is the 4th largest market in 2017.  Texas also touts a heavily upgraded transmission system throughout the state.

Sun Action Trackers is proud to have installed over 400mW of Dual Axis Trackers which adds up to over 30,000 trackers statewide.  As demands peak, our Dual Axis Trackers are increasing production up to 40% through our patented Real Time Sensing, adding additional value to each of our projects in Texas.

If you would like to learn more about our Dual Axis Solar Trackers or our projects in Texas, please CONTACT US for more information.

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Sun Action Trackers to Exhibit at Solar Power Texas

Sun Action Trackers to Exhibit at Solar Power Texas

Visit us in Booth 114 in Austin!

This week in Austin, Solar Power Texas will be taking place and Sun Action Trackers will be exhibiting our ALL NEW DualTrack product line focused on residential use.  Our new Dual Axis Residential Trackers are designed specifically for residential use with a smaller footprint and our patented Real Time Sensing and MAC Steel.

Solar Power Texas provides solar professionals the opportunity to get exclusive updates, network with other solar pros and to regional insights found nowhere else.  The event will host over 400 attendees and various influential figures of the solar community.  The event will be hosted at the Hyatt Regengy Lost Pines Resort & Spa tomorrow and Thursday.  We hope to see you there!

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Residential Solar Trackers by Sun Action Trackers

Residential Solar Trackers by Sun Action Trackers

Welcome to the DualTrack lineup of Dual Axis Solar Trackers

  Sun Action Trackers is proud to announce the DualTrack 16 and the DualTrack 24 Dual Axis Solar Trackers now available for residential use.  These residential solar trackers have been specifically engineered to meet the needs of homeowners all over the world and are ready to be shipped now!  Each DualTrack installation will still highlight our Real Time Sensing and MAC Steel and will generate up to 40% more power per day compared to rooftop systems.

The Most Versatile Options Available

Our DualTrack products have been built in 16, 20, and 24 panel arrays but can also be modified to fit any reasonable sized array up to 42 panels.  Our dual axis solar trackers have also been designed to accept EITHER 72 OR 60 CELL SOLAR PANELS.  This added flexibility insures that the DualTrack lineup can meet the needs of nearly any homesite.

Easy Installation and Setup

  The DualTrack product line was designed to optimize efficiency and ease of use to installers and owners alike.  Since the DualTrack products highlight Real Time Sensing, there is no calibration needed upon completion.  Once the system is turned on, it tracks to the sun immediately and continues for the lifetime of the solar tracker.  Each system includes racking, down post, control box, slew drive, actuator, and bolt cage for ground mounting.  Systems can be assembled in a day (once bolt cage is set), and can be installed with the use of a backhoe.

Learn More About the Most Versatile Solar Tracker Around

Our team would love to speak with you regarding how the DualTrack Dual Axis Solar Trackers can change the way you are thinking about residential solar installations.  Please feel free to CONTACT US for more information today!

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ITC Steel Tariffs : How are they affecting your project?

ITC Steel Tariffs : How are they affecting your project?

Steel Tariffs Introduced in March for Solar Industry

As many of us know, March of 2018 was a volatile month for the solar industry, as steel tariffs up to 25% were imposed on manufacturers and steel importers to the United States.  In January, the International Trade Commission acting on orders from the President imposed an import tax or tariff on various products including solar panels, which immediately caused a number of utility scale projects to be halted until financial profitability could be once again guaranteed.  As a result of the steel tariffs imposed in March, a number of these utility scale projects are once again put on hold, while companies scramble to make projects profitable once again.

Quality Materials Reign in Utility Scale Solar

On March 22, 2018 the White House announced that it would offer exceptions to the tariffs to Mexico, Canada, The European Union, Australia, Brazil, Argentina and South Korea.  It is said that these exceptions were made due to political/trade relations and QUALITY OF MATERIALS PROVIDED.  As you can imagine, many utility scale solar manufacturers have not only had to completely adapt their supply chain, but also have lost a number of projects because of the use of inferior materials.  Though the tariffs are impacting almost every manufacturer in the US, there are some bright spots to be found.

Where Does the Steel Come From In Your Solar Project?

Sun Action Trackers is one of the only Solar Manufacturers globally that sources our steel from South Korea.  Our Magnesium Alloy Coated (MAC) Steel is sourced from POSCO and is in many ways a highly superior product.  Through UL testing and certification, we are able to prove our products resistance to harsh environments and its self healing capabilities.

We at Sun Action Trackers were pleased to learn of the steel tariff exemption allowed for South Korea.  This exemption allows us to continue to offer POSCO’s superior steel products at an even more competitive price.

-Pete Lipscomb, Director of Business Development

This could mean a possible advantage for your projects by installing a better material at a lower cost than other imported options.  If you would like to learn more about how Sun Action Trackers can help your project get back on track, or to learn more about our Dual Axis or Single Axis Solar Trackers, please feel free to CONTACT US for more information.

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Come See Sun Action Trackers at MIREC Week

Come See Sun Action Trackers at MIREC Week

Visit Us in Booth 59 at MIREC Week

Its that time of the year again, when Mexico and Central America converge on Mexico City for MIREC Week.  This week of renewable focus also hosts the Corporate and Industrial Energy Summit in conjunction with the exhibition.  Over 300 expert speakers will also be sharing insights with attendees and industry experts alike.  This year, MIREC Week will also be streamed live through 6 separate streams insuring that all insights will be documented.  There is also a host of networking and after conference events nightly to engage and foster connections in the solar industry.

Sun Action Trackers is proud to be an exhibitor at MIREC Week and we would love to meet you!  Please visit us in booth 59 for information regarding our new DUAL AXIS RESIDENTIAL models as well as our utility/commercial scalable Single Axis and Dual Axis Tracker offerings.  Our team is ready to speak with you about something that we are very passionate about, and we would love to show you what the future will hold for the solar industry.  More capable, More flexible, and More efficient.

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Sun Action Trackers joins San Antonio’s solar manufacturing scene

Sun Action Trackers joins San Antonio’s solar manufacturing scene

Sun Action Trackers joins San Antonio's Solar Manufacturing Scene

via Monika Maeckle, CPS Energy Newsroom

As Korean dignitaries and energy reporters gathered at Mission Solar Energy’s “Solarbration” to mark the debut of the country’s first n-type solar panel manufacturing plant last week, another San Antonio solar manufacturing player quietly opened its doors: Sun Action Trackers.

The New Energy Economy partner of CPS Energy builds and assembles dual axis trackers, components in solar arrays that allow solar cells to gather the maximum amount of light for conversion to solar energy. The trackers literally follow the sun, tilting not only left and right, but up and down. Keeping the panels aligned with the solar azimuth, or maximum angle for solar energy collection, allows for maximum efficiency in collecting solar energy. Read more

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Powering jobs in the New Energy Economy: Meet Michael Sanchez

Powering jobs in the New Energy Economy: Meet Michael Sanchez

Powering jobs in the New Energy Economy: Meet Michael Sanchez

By Monika Maeckle, CPS Energy Newsroom

Michael Sanchez, 23, is a welder at Sun Action Trackers.

A Judson High School graduate, Sanchez started his career at Sun Action Trackers in January of this year.

The San Antonio native received two weeks of training as a welder and now helps CPS Energy’s New Energy Economy partner Sun Action Trackers and its team of 70 build and assemble dual axis trackers. The components work in solar arrays to allow solar cells to gather the maximum amount of light for conversion to solar energy by literally tracking the sun, tilting not only left and right, but up and down. Read more

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Latest solar farm uses locally-made products to produce clean energy

Latest solar farm uses locally-made products to produce clean energy

Latest solar farm uses locally-made products to produce clean energy

Via Scott Wudel, CPS Energy Newsroom

Solar panels produced here in San Antonio are now bringing renewable power to local homes and businesses.

More than 21,400 solar panels, manufactured at the recently opened Mission Solar Energy facility, fill the new Alamo 3 solar farm, located on 70 acres off Loop 1604 near IH-10 East. The 5.5-megawatt facility will generate power for more than 1,300 homes.

The farm also uses new, dual-axis tracker technology from Sun Action Trackers, and inverters built locally by KACO new energy. Both are New Energy Economy partners, which to date have brought 500 good paying, permanent jobs and more than $800 million in economic impact to our community. Read more

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Local, foreign hands power area solar industry

Local, foreign hands power area solar industry

Local, foreign hands power area solar industry

Via Jeremy T. Gerlach, MySanAntonio.com/San Antonio Express News

As foreign investment continues to power San Antonio’s production of solar energy, more and more local hands are building the pieces that produce the power itself.

At the recent opening of CPS Energy’s latest solar farm, Alamo 3, utility officials pointed out that the 70-acre farm near Loop 1604 and Interstate 10 is the area’s first to be built almost entirely with locally-produced parts.

Raiford Smith, vice-president of corporate development and planning for CPS, said San Antonio has attracted wholesale investment — and with it, a full-scale energy supply chain — with an all-in approach to solar power. CPS has made a major push toward having 20 percent of its generation capacity come from renewable energy sources as part of the city’s 2020 initiative. Read more

 

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‘Steel forest’ in Uvalde to bring solar power to San Antonio

‘Steel forest’ in Uvalde to bring solar power to San Antonio

'Steel forest' in Uvalde to bring solar power to San Antonio

Via Scott Wudel, CPS Energy Newsroom

Out in Uvalde, a new forest is rising from the ground. How can a forest come to life and flourish in South Texas? When it’s made of silicon and steel.

The forest is actually a solar farm. It’s more of a ranch, really – it covers roughly 900 acres. Like other solar farms around the area, it’s designed to bring more renewable power to CPS Energy customers. The new farm will generate 95 megawatts (MW) of sun power – twice as much as any current farm now delivering power to greater San Antonio. It will be the largest solar farm in Texas.

OCI Solar Power, developer of four of the eight farms currently generating power for San Antonio, is continuing its commitment to provide 400 megawatts of solar to CPS Energy. These four farms are now producing 90 MW of clean power – with the largest producing 41 MW. The Uvalde farm, deemed “Alamo 5,” will eclipse the first four combined and will be complete later this year. Two more farms are on the way by 2017.

Roughly half of the Alamo 5 farm was built over the last eight months, despite the challenges of rocks, rain and rattlesnakes. Large steel assemblies, known in industry terms as “trackers” and manufactured by San Antonio-based Sun Action Trackers, line much of the acreage like steel tree trunks. Every day, more take root in the rocky terrain. In the end, there will be 9,000 of these steel trees, each holding a canopy of 42 silicon solar panels. Many of these panels were produced in San Antonio at the new Mission Solar Energy manufacturing facility.

Each tracker uses advanced technology – sensors to help the canopy of panels follow the sun’s arc both up and down and side to side, allowing the panels to generate more energy than fixed panels which only move in one direction. Inverters located across the site, made by KACO new energy, another New Energy Economy partner, convert incoming direct current, or DC, power from the panels to the alternating, or AC, power that customers use in their homes and businesses. When the farm is complete, a mind-boggling 378,000 panels will collect and convert sunlight into electricity. The 95-MW farm is expected to generate enough power for 17,000 homes. Read more

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Sun Action Trackers Joins Industry Leaders in Growing California’s Solar Industry

Sun Action Trackers Joins Industry Leaders in Growing California’s Solar Industry

Sun Action Trackers Joins Industry Leaders in Growing California's Solar Industry

By Sun Action Trackers

Sun Action Trackers becomes newest CALSEIA member.

SACRAMENTO – Sun Action Trackers has become the newest member of the nation’s largest state solar power trade association, the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA).

“We are proud to have Sun Action Trackers join CALSEIA to support its mission of expanding the use of clean, solar technologies throughout the state. CALSEIA members are recognized as being true leaders in the California market as they promote high standards within the industry and advocate fair policies for solar consumers. We look forward to working closely with Sun Action Trackers in continuing this work,” says Bernadette Del Chiaro, Executive Director of CALSEIA.

Sun Action Trackers is a full line manufacture of Solar Tracking and Racking systems. Headquartered in San Antonio Texas our company’s services also include tracker installation complimented with our in house engineering services. Sun Action Trackers employ some of the industry’s most innovative tracking solutions. Both our PST-2AL (Dual Axis Tracker) and our class leading PST-1AX6 (Single Axis Tracker) utilize Sun Action Tracker’s patented Real Time Solar Sensing technology which is used to capture maximum production. Our steel is made from a revolutionary product known as Magnesium Alloy Coated steel. This product together with its self-healing properties ensures that your project will be able to stand up to the rigors of the elements.

“We are excited to join CALSEIA as it guarantees opportunity for our company to extend its presence in the solar industry”, says Ana Morales, Marketing & Communications at Sun Action Trackers.

Sun Action Trackers joins CALSEIA after being carefully vetted and approved through the association’s application process, which ensures member companies adhere to industry best practices.
Founded in 1977, CALSEIA, the California Solar Energy Industries Association, represents manufacturers, installers, financers, and distributors of solar panels and related components and technologies throughout the state.

Sun Action Trackers is the only manufacturing company of tracking technology in the state of Texas. Our tracking solutions consist of both dual and single axis. Sun action trackers offers bankable solutions to commercial and utility-scaled projects in the U.S., and worldwide.

To Learn More About Us, Click Here

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Texas Solar Power Shines Strong

Texas Solar Power Shines Strong

In the News: Texas Solar Power Shines Strong

Via Paul MacDonald, Alternative Energy Magazine

While Texas has been hit by the decline in oil prices, the state has also recently been home to some large-scale solar power developments, including the 118-MW Alamo 5 project built by ConEdison Development and Mortenson Construction to supply CPS Energy.

It seems that as the bottom fell out of the market for oil, solar power is taking off in the state of Texas.

In recent years, the price of oil has fallen off a cliff—it hit a peak of $140 a barrel in 2008, but more recently has been trading around $50, after being as low as $26 a barrel early in 2016. Read more

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Sun Action Trackers Finalizes UL 3703 Certification

Sun Action Trackers Finalizes UL 3703 Certification

Sun Action Trackers Finalizes UL 3703 Certification

-via Charles W. Thurston, PV Magazine

Sun Action Trackers (SAT), based in San Antonio, Texas has finalized UL 3703 certification for its PST-1AX6 single axis tracker, including the tracker’s self-healing MAC Steel (magnesium alloy coated steel) coating.

The MAC Steel underwent a 600-hour accelerated salt spray corrosion test confirming that it has higher resistance to corrosion, compared to typical galvanized steel products used in the solar industry today. “This product allows for our trackers to stand the test of time, giving them durability and functionality,” says Hong Ki Kim, CEO of SAT. Read more

 

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