Mass Megawatts Wind Power Inc. has begun construction of two solar power systems to demonstrate the benefits of the company’s patent-pending solar tracker technology.
The two systems are being constructed at the same site in Worcester, Mass. They will be identical, except that one system will include the company’s tracker technology, while the other will not. The performance of these systems will be compared to demonstrate that the tracker provides a 30% improvement in power generation with less than a 10% increase in cost.
Each solar power system will contain six 300 W panels. The solar power components in each system will be identical, including their purchase date, the manufacturer and model numbers. The units will be constructed adjacent to one another, ensuring that the environmental conditions are also the same. Power generation levels from both units will be monitored and compared to conclusively show the positive impact of the solar tracking technology.
The Mass Megawatts tracker utilizes a low-cost framework that adds stability to the overall system, while improving energy production levels. This reduces the number of solar panels needed to generate the rated capacity.