As solar energy components become more affordable, the alternative energy being produced is giving families, businesses and schools a way to lower energy bills and invest in America’s “New Energy Economy”. A new report released by Greentech Media states that the emerging “community solar” segment could grow 50-80 times its current size by 2030. Based on those numbers, the community solar market could raise up to $120 Billion in capital investments while serving up to 9 million new solar customers nationwide.
If community solar projects reach the suggested $120 Billion mark, it would surely play a significant role in the alternative energy mix nationwide, and as policy begins to be put into place, financing will become more readily available.
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Sun Action Trackers offers Single Axis Solar Trackers and Dual Axis Solar Trackers for Community Solar Projects to increase production and maximize profitability. If you would like to learn more about how Sun Action Trackers product offering, please CLICK HERE.
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.
A recent report by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is showing significant growth in the rural electric cooperatives across the United States. The growth can be attributed to lowered costs and greater infrastructure to support these projects, along with aid and partnership from the U.S. Department of Energy through SUNDA (Solar Utility Network Deployment Acceleration) initiative.
Since the 2013 partnership started, the initiative has grown from 30 MW installed capacity in 2013 to 868 MW installed in 2017. Additionally, in 2013 the initiative began with just 17 rural coops and now includes just under half of the 900 rural coops nationally. The installed capacity is set to cross the 1 GW threshold in 2018 or 2019 according to the report.
SUNDA has also given birth to new market segments such as community solar for low to medium income households, and military projects. The initiative also provided planning and financial toolkits to aid rural community projects to move along smoothly, along with cost sharing programs.
Now The Projects Make Sense
The most important reason for the increase in rural community renewable projects is the drop in prices over the past years. As per the NRECA report, installation costs per watt in 2014 was $4.50. The average installation costs per the report today is less than $1.50, making these projects more financially appropriate. Over this time, infrastructure was also being expanded and built to support such projects.
Funding for such projects is also much easier to find through non-profit organizations as well as fully backed financing resources such as Rural Utilities Service Loans and Rural Utility Cooperative Finance Loans. Rural Electric Community Coops can also alight with tax equity partners to take advantage of incentives that are not normally available to non-profit entities.
Dual Axis Solar Tracking in Rural Community Renewable Coops
Sun Action Trackers is proud to provided our Dual Axis Solar Trackers all over North America for projects of all sizes in all types of weather conditions. With up to a 40% increase in production compared to fixed tilt systems, our Dual Axis Solar Tracker will ensure that you are getting the most out of your project. Each tracker also features our patented Real Time Sensing which provides a host of benefits, as well as our Magnesium Alloy Coated Steel, which is 5-10 time more resistant to harsh environments compared to galvanized steel.
If you are interested in how the Sun Action Trackers PST-2AL Dual Axis Solar Tracker can add value to your rural community renewable solar project, please CONTACT US for more information.
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.
Sun Action Trackers is pleased to now offer Canopy and Carport design, manufacturing, and installation. This new product line features 3 separate fixed profiles and also a Dual Axis Solar Carport that can track the sun while providing shade. Each project is custom designed to site specifications and with multiple profiles Sun Action Trackers offers the flexibility to maximize production. If you would like to learn more about our Solar Carports and Canopies, please CLICK HERE to view our product sheet, or CONTACT US today for more information.
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!
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!
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.
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.