01.10.2015/ Solar Tracking Solution

Solar panel tracking systems optimize energy output of photovoltaic panels by positioning them to follow the sun’s path throughout the day. The sun’s position in the sky varies both with installation location, the seasons, and the time of day. Tracking systems are being used increasingly as purchasers of solar systems understand that the cost of energy over the life of the panel is more important than the initial installed cost per watt. Recently, the solar industry has been using Levelized Cost of Energy (LCoE) as the main measuring stick of solar power plant efficiency. This figure looks at all costs associated with a solar panel installation over its entire lifespan, including initial installed cost, degradation in panel efficiency over time, and on-going maintenance and trouble-shooting. Compared with fixed-position installations, solar tracking systems lower the LCoE of a solar panel installation, making solar a viable long-term option to other energy sources.

Following video link highlights the value of Mitsubishi Electric’s Solar Tracking Solution.