Improved Ground Coverage Ratio and Specific Production by increased tracker length range.
Improved Ground Coverage Ratio and Specific Production by Increased Tracker Length Range
Ground Coverage Ratio has significant impact on total project cost, cost per watt, and Leveled Cost Of Energy. Many factors impact GCR including size and shape of the lot, row-to-row pitch, and the available range of tracker length. Trackers with limited range of length may not match well to a given site, resulting in lower GCR and/or the need to reduce pitch to achieve the design module count; reduced pitch means reduced Specific Production and lower LCOE.
Tracker architecture which enables a wider range of tracker lengths can improve GCR despite disadvantageous lot shape, and can in some cases enable wider pitch and thus improved Specific Production, cost per watt, and LCOE. This tracker architecture can also give improved access for cleaning, reduced tracker cost, and reduced Operations and Maintenance cost. Achieving improved GCR has required new tracker technology which has been proved via testing and initial deployment and monitoring.