Solar tracking systems vs standard solar panels

In our recent blogs, we have discussed multiple ways in which you can make your home more energy efficient using a range of solutions, from solar panels to air-source heat pumps.

In this blog, we explore how solar tracking systems could be a potential alternative in your home.

What are solar tracking systems? 

Essentially solar tracking systems do what they say on the tin – they rotate and follow the sun all day, which enables them to generate considerably more power than standard roof solar panels. 

What are the benefits? 

On average, six solar tracking panels produce the same amount of energy as ten standard static roof panels, therefore, making them a much more cost-effective alternative. 

Because solar tracking panels are free-standing, you can pack them up and take them with you when you move. This is a huge benefit for those not in their forever home. Solar tracking panels are ground mounted, therefore there are no issues in terms of cables, roof type/size, or Velux windows. 

Similarly, ground anchors are more sustainable and quicker to install than roof anchor alternatives and save you the expensive scaffolding costs that come with roof solar panels! 

Installation costs are often much cheaper, and if you are willing to do a little bit of DIY, it is fairly straightforward to assemble your own solar panel tracking system. However, you will require an electrician to do the wiring, inverter and to commission the electricity produced. 

What are the disadvantages/negatives? 

Arguably, solar tracking panels could be considered more of an eyesore compared to roof panel alternatives. However, as more homeowners focus their attention on energy efficiency and being more sustainable, it is arguable that this will no longer be considered an issue or a negative aspect. Essentially, the visual impact of solar panels will simply be seen as you ‘doing your bit for the planet’. 

Planning permission for solar tracking panels can often be required, so it is always worth checking this first with your local council. You should always allocate plenty of time for this to be considered and approved. So which is best? Ultimately, the decision is down to personal preference, although, if you plan to move, solar tracking panels would be the best option as you are guaranteed a return on your investment. Similarly, if roof space is an issue, solar tracking panels can be placed anywhere, and fewer panels are required.

At Arc Design Services, we specialise in architectural design, offering a fresh and exciting approach to every project. With this in mind, Arc Design Services could help incorporate a solar tracking system into your existing home, renovation, or new build plans. Contact our experts today, at Arc Design Services at or 0161 928 4433.

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