Choices and comparisons in solar systems: tracking vs. fixed mounts Aug 17, 2023

Solar energy as a renewable source of energy is being widely utilized across the globe. When it comes to increasing the amount of solar power generated, it is very important to choose the right and correctly installed solar racking. In this article, we will introduce two common types of mounts available in the market: tracking mounts and fixed solar mounts, and understand the two types of mounts so that we can make the right decision in selecting a solar system. 

First one needs to understand what they have in common.
1. Support for solar panels: whether tracking bracket or solar fixed bracket, their common function is to place, install and fix solar panels. Often made of metal or concrete, these racking structures are able to stably carry the panels and ensure their proper functioning.
2. Provide Orientation Benefits: Both tracking and fixed mounts are designed to maximize the use of solar energy by orienting the panels to face the sun. Whether tracking the sun's path through an automated tracking system or fixed at a fixed angle, both types of mounting systems strive to keep the solar panels at the optimal angle for more efficient energy collection.
3. Enhanced Power Generation Capacity: Regardless of which racking system is chosen, they provide higher power generation capacity compared to panels placed in a horizontal position. This is because they are better able to capture solar energy and maximize the amount of light available throughout the day and year.

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Then understand the difference between them and choose the right solar racking according to the need.
1. Motion: Tracking racking system realizes daylight tracking through electric or hydraulic device, which can automatically adjust the position of solar panels according to the sun's trajectory and angle, and it can realize single-axis or dual-axis tracking, i.e., movement in both horizontal and vertical directions. In contrast, the fixed mounting system fixes the panels at a specific angle and does not move with the changing position of the sun. As a result, tracking mounts are able to follow the sun's path more accurately throughout the day, while fixed mounts are relatively simpler and more stable.
2. Cost and Maintenance: Tracking mount systems typically cost more because they require more complex mechanical and control systems for daylight tracking. In addition, maintenance and repair of tracking systems can be more complex and expensive. In contrast, solar fixed bracket systems are typically simpler, more affordable, and require less maintenance.
3. Adaptability and Flexibility: Because tracking mounts can be moved in response to changes in the sun's trajectory, they may have better adaptability across geographic locations and seasons. They can maximize the use of solar energy and provide more stable power generation capacity in different weather conditions. In contrast, the power generation capacity of fixed mounts may be limited by changes in the angle of sunlight and seasons. However, fixed mounts can have different tilt angles and orientations to optimize the design according to the local latitude and climate conditions. Fixed mounts are suitable for areas with stable climate and uniform sunlight radiation.

POWERACK specializes in solar fixed racking systems and has many years of experience and has received positive feedback from many customers, welcome to contact us!


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