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Sun Action Trackers To Attend Solar Power Northeast in Boston

Sun Action Trackers To Attend Solar Power Northeast in Boston

Sun Action Trackers to Attend Solar Power Northeast in Boston

By Sun Action Trackers

We are pleased to announce our attendance to Solar Power Northeast on February 13-14 in Boston Massachusetts.  The event, formerly known as PV America will feature over 60 high profile exhibitors as well as over 1300 attendees.  Feel free to visit with our own Pete Lipscomb and Ron Hardin in Booth 510!  We will also be announcing the launch of our Dual Axis Residential Tracker Dealer Program set to launch in early March of 2017.

We are really excited to be able to apply our years of expertise and engineering in the utility scale Dual Axis Tracking Market to the residential marketplace.  Sun Action Trackers has long since been known as the leader in Dual Axis Solar Tracking and we are looking very much forward to forging relationships in a new market for our product.” – Pete Lipscomb, Senior Business Development Manager, Sun Action Trackers

During the event, we will be highlighting our Single Axis Tracking solution as well as our other service and product offerings and we invite each of you to stop by and see us.  If you would like to attend the event as a guest, please CONTACT OUR SALES DEPARTMENT for more information.  We hope to see you all there!

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Simplicity in Solar: Tracking Options Made Easy

Simplicity in Solar: Tracking Options Made Easy

Simplicity in Solar: Tracking Options Made Easy

By Sun Action Trackers

Fixed Tilt Solar Solutions

Fixed tilt, or Non-tracking systems have long since been around and have until recently been the standard installation choice for developers and EPCs alike.  Many adopted this choice due to the cost difference in tracking solutions vs. fixed tilt solutions and the profitability of the installation consequently.  Fixed tilt systems offer some installation advantages, as they can be used in more difficult/ challenging  terrain. Historically, fixed tilt systems are also more adaptable to harsher environments due to lack of moving parts.

Solar Tracking Solutions

Tracking solutions for solar energy collection started to be introduced since the inception of solar, but much like other areas of alternative energy production, the technology was highly expensive and sometimes unreliable.  In comparison to the fixed axis solutions, tracking will produce up to 20%-45% more energy than its non-tracked counterparts, while now finally making sense financially due to cost reductions and rising adoption rates of the technology. Tracked solutions also offer a reduction in D/C capacity which allows for a reduction in BOS, Modules, and additional racking, getting better performance than their fixed counterparts.  In a late 2016 report, GTM Research estimates that tracking solutions will grow from roughly 20% this year to nearly 50% by 2021.  Tracking solutions continue to evolve as well into two sub categories:

Single Axis Tracking

As the name implies, this is a tracking solution with a single hinged axis to track the sun East to West.  This option requires a North-South alignment to maximize the sun’s energy throughout the day.  Compared to a fixed tilt system, there have been various increases shown ranging from 17-23% depending on the latitude and irradiance of the system.

Dual Axis Tracking

Though Dual Axis tracking has been around essentially as long as its Single Axis relative, it has been often overlooked as the most valuable of options when dealing with utility grade projects.  The Alamo Projects in Texas are a great example of this, as there are over 40,000 Dual Axis Trackers in operation today.  This large-scale adoption has led to expansive growth in this market as well, with suited applications in more diverse weather conditions.

In Closing

Fixed tilt and Tracking solutions will both have a place in solar energy generation in the future.  As the technology advances and performance increases, tracking solutions will become the standard for solar energy generation due to higher efficiency and a justifiable cost increase.

We hope you have enjoyed reading our second installment of Simplicity in Solar.  If you have any further questions, please feel free to CONTACT US today for more information on our Solar Energy Tracking Solutions.

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Largest Dual-Axis Solar Power Plant Coming to Pecos County

Largest Dual-Axis Solar Power Plant Coming to Pecos County

Largest Dual-Axis Solar Power Plant Coming to Pecos County

-Via Zora Asberry, Anchor, News West 9

PECOS COUNTY, TX (KWES) – One of the largest solar power plants in the state and the world is coming to West Texas. The plant is currently under construction in Bakersfield, Texas. The new project is called Alamo 6 and it’s expected to bring over 250 jobs to Pecos County. Read more

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US to Remain Leading Tracker Market Through 2021

US to Remain Leading Tracker Market Through 2021

US to Remain Leading Tracker Market Through 2021

-via Edgar Meza, PV Magazine

In a new report, GTM Research finds that never before has the global tracker market “seen installations at this scale and such consistent growth.”

According to the The Global PV Tracker Landscape 2016: Prices, Forecasts, Market Shares and Vendor Profiles, by the end of 2016, 23% of ground-mount PV systems around the world will employ trackers. GTM Research expects that number to grow to 49% by 2021, when annual tracker installations will value $4.9 billion. Read more

 

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Enhancing Energy Performance

Enhancing Energy Performance

Enhancing Energy Performance

By Sun Action Trackers

For solar projects requiring enhanced energy performance and DC capacity, the starting point should be a product that is efficient, robust and able to perform throughout the project lifetime. The next decision centers on the type of product that is essential for the project, the best system and the one that offers the most advantages. Sun Action Trackers offers the tools that allow their client to make the most of their project goals. From product installation and services to energy generation, Sun Action Trackers has developed a diverse energy portfolio that includes dual axis, single axis and fixed tilt mounting systems with competitive design advantages. Combining reliability and bankability, Sun Action Trackers has expanded its product line and services to offer solutions for utility-scale projects of any type. The most popular model currently is the PST-1AX6 – a single axis tracker delivering superior performance and flexibility. This tracker offers unlimited design capabilities, improved product installation and reduced costs. This article takes a closer look at the PST-1AX6 and discusses its design capabilities, performance and bankability.

Long lasting technology and easy installation

Starting with its design advantages, one dynamic feature of the PST-1AX6 is its high level of durability. Its core is entirely built using a self-healing product called Magnesium Alloy Coated steel (MAC steel), which is 5 to 10 times stronger than galvanised steel. The MAC steel is an incredibly strong alloy that prevents the risk of corrosion. During the construction phase, steel can run the risk of being scraped or damaged. One interesting aspect of MAC steel is that it self-heals thereby preventing any corrosion from damaging the tracker. The PST-1AX6 offers a unique installation process requiring fewer posts in the ground for the same number of modules, consequently reducing cost, time and labour. Its compact design can be installed in even the harshest conditions, thereby providing the flexibility required to achieve project goals.

Landscape orientation results

There are many forms of arranging modules on a tracker to obtain the highest level of energy production. But which is the most efficient? The PST-1AX6 is designed to hold its modules in a landscape orientation, but why? According to Daniel Wilson, Senior Electrical Engineer at Sun Action Trackers, “Geometrically speaking, because the PST-1AX6 mounts modules in landscape instead of a portrait, we are able to position 50% more modules in the same area. In addition this layout is better for shading. For instance, during the morning when there is shading to the east, only one out of 3 modules is affected, whereas with a portrait configuration all modules would be affected”. Wilson also explained that the PST-1AX6 uses approximately 30% less land, bringing costs down even more.

Less maintenance for less components

Another way that the PST-1AX6 outweighs its competition is in its ability to allow project owners to cut down on maintenance. The PST-1AX6 is one of the easiest to maintain. “This is because the PST-1AX6 is designed as a linked row tracker that allows each motor to move 324 modules. For competitors that use 80-row trackers this equates to 3 more controllers, sensors and motors than the PST-1AX6 for the same number of modules”, Wilson explains. “This not only saves time during the installation process, but it also saves on maintenance cost as there is less equipment to maintain for the next 25 years. These quantities stack up and add to your cost”. Sun Action Trackers has also created bearings made of friction-less plastic which never have to be greased or maintained during their lifetime.

The real-time advantage

Thanks to its patented real time sensing technology, the PST-1AX6 follows the sun at its highest point of irradiance, regardless of the weather to provide the highest possible level of energy production. On a sunny day, real time sensing is perpendicular to the sun at any time of the day, capturing the maximum power, which increases energy production. Unlike astronomical tracking, this real time sensing technology does not waste energy. On days when there is no bright spot in the sky, the real time sensors will keep the PST-1AX6 in a stow or 0° “flat” position as all the irradiance comes from diffuse light. However on a partially cloudy day, the clouds create diffused light but there is also a direct beam component. Due to the contribution from diffused light, the optimal position of the tracker is not always directly facing the sun. An astronomical tracker will continuously move in line with its predetermined programming and not take any of the above into consideration. The benefit of real time is unbeatable and ideal for energy production.

Read the full article in FuturEnergy Magazine

Product generation

Compared to a fixed tilt system, the PST-1AX6 single axis tracker delivers more energy generation. For example, a single axis tracker in Monterrey, Mexico guarantees 18% more energy generation than a comparable fixed tilt system. The added benefit of using the PST-1AX6 is that the same level of energy can be achieved with far fewer modules.

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