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What to Consider When Deploying Solar Trackers in Harsh Environments»

5/18/17 –

The implementation of solar tracking technology at utility-scale solar sites has grown exponentially over the past few years. In a recent report, Greentech Media has estimated that over 70 percent of all U.S. ground-mount projects are now being installed with trackers. This number has grown in large part due to the economic benefits tracking provides…

Time-Proven Technology Forged from 28 Years of Innovation»

4/27/17 –

If you’ve been in or around the solar industry for the past 5-10 years, it’s likely you’ve witnessed the growing trend of solar tracker deployment at utility-scale sites first-hand. For the most part, this trend has been largely dominated by the U.S. market, but it’s quickly becoming a global movement, with countries such as Australia,…

How Decades of Experience Impact Tracker Design and Architecture»

4/6/17 –

Tracking the sun’s daily course from east to west to harness its energy and generate solar power may seem like a simple concept, but in reality it’s a complicated process that requires the application of advanced technology. Among the solar tracking technologies there are a few different architectures – and they are as dissimilar as…

Engineered Simplicity: The Future of Solar Tracking»

3/30/17 –

While the first solar trackers appeared on the market nearly three decades ago, the utility-scale solar tracker market is still considered early-stage and can be characterized as ‘immature’ at this point in the industry lifecycle. In recent years, many new firms have entered the market, each with varying technologies and levels of innovation. With further…

PV Tracker Reliability: The Future Impact on O&M Costs»

3/16/17 –

In 2013, 40% of new utility-scale solar projects used solar tracking systems to optimize the performance of photovoltaic (PV) panels. In 2017, that number is expected to grow to about 80%. Simply put, solar trackers are quickly becoming the new normal for utility-scale solar projects. As this trend continues, the solar industry will turn its…

Solar Energy and Agriculture: What We Learned from the World Ag Expo»

2/24/17 –

Many people may think of agriculture and renewables as two distant topics with very little overlap in between. After all, an array of solar panels or wind turbines isn’t exactly the first thing you expect to see on a farm. However, there is a natural fit between the two industries, with many early adopters and…

How trackers can make or break a solar project»

1/30/17 –

By Ron Corio, founder and CEO of Array Technologies Inc. While the global growth of solar installations is expected to slow in 2017, the adoption of solar trackers for utility-scale projects is expected to continue to boom—and for good reason. By dramatically improving energy production, solar trackers meaningfully improve the overall economics of solar power…

All solar trackers are not created equally»

1/5/17 –

Solar tracker architectures are very different in multiple ways. One important difference is how they are designed to handle structural wind and snow loads: for utilities looking for the lowest cost of ownership, selecting trackers that are robust and reliable enough to withstand inclement weather without failing over their 30-year lifespan is imperative. It’s for…

Following the sun: A brief history of solar trackers»

12/2/16 –

What do hot air balloons, Robin Williams, and African poaching patrols have in common? They’re all part of the rich history of solar tracker technology, as well as the legacy of solar tracker pioneer Array Technologies Inc. (ATI). Adapting to the twists and turns of the “solar coaster” is what has shaped ATI through the…

Reducing Failure Components In Solar Tracking»

11/8/16 –

BY BOB BELLEMARE   On April 20, 2010, a single device called a blowout preventer (BOP) led to one of the worst environmental and financial disasters ever recorded. The BOP failed to seal a well shut after the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, resulting in 11 deaths and millions of gallons of oil flowing…

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