Are dual tracking solar panels too expensive to make them worth the extra cost?



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    This is a question that depends entirely on your budget, as Dual Axis Solar Tracking systems are certialy not cheap. However, what you get in trade for this cost is greatly improved solar coverage. And, the more that are bought, the cheaper they’ll become, thanks to the economics of scale. So if you want them to drop in price, it might be worth lobbying large companies to begin adopting them, creating more efficient building techniques and a price drop.

    I hope this helped!

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    The extra costs will just mean that it will take a longer time to have them pay for themselves in energy savings and possibly even what you can make from the power company by putting energy back into the grid.  Looking at the website nebblacktip posted, they state their tracking solar panels are able to generate between 35 and 45% more energy from the sun per day as compared to fixed angle solar panels.  So, if your system was twice as expensive, you could look at taking about 1.4 to 1.5 times longer to earn the savings back from your initial investment on the system, but after that period, you would be getting a 35 to 45% higher return on your investment.

    On another website I found that a typical solar system is expected to pay for itself in 10 to 12 years, therefore, even if your dual tracking system was twice as expensive (I’m not sure if this is a resonable figure, but lets just use it for now) it would then take between 14 and 18 years to pay for itself. 

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