Tracking Solar Panels
The 3,150 Watt twin pole mounted Photovoltaic Tracker Panels were installed in March 2012 out front of the Physical Plant. Photovoltaics is a process of generating electrical power by converting solar radiation into DC electricity. Tracker panels are more efficient because they are able to follow the movement of the sun to absorb direct sunlight, which is where 90% of the solar energy is carried. Like the stationary unit, it supplies solar power to the administrative offices at the physical plant. All solar energy that it produces is being metered so that we can compare its production to that of the fixed solar array. From our recent trend studies, we have found tracker panels produce 23% more electricity than stationary panels.