Actuators And Solar Panels

Actuators And Solar Panels

Frank Zhang
Frank Zhang
PA Engineer
Overview:

Solar panels have become more popular over the last 20 years to help reduce our energy bills as well as have less of a carbon foot print on the environment. The main issue that has plagued solar panel use over the years is they cannot follow the sun to take full advantage of the suns power.

Progressive Automations offers an inexpensive and safe alternative to take full advantage of the sun all hours of the day. To have a system in the video above installed by a professional would cost thousands of dollars. Using our actuators and some additional material you will be able to achieve the same professional build for a fraction of the cost. Using linear actuators make it possible to move your solar panels in almost any direction and will significantly reduce your energy bill over non-moving solar panels in your home.



We recommend using our PA-17 linear actuators with 2000lbs of force. This will allow for holding the solar panels as well as accommodate for wind resistance pressure being applied to the panels. Progressive Automations recommends you use additional mounting or safety measures if in an area is know for strong winds. To reduce cost further you are able to manually control your actuators instead of a solar tracking system by using one of our PA-27 control boxes. We can customize our control box to control two PA-17 actuators individually. Feel free to contact us regarding any of these options.

Products:

2 x Linear Actuators (PA-17 model)

Stroke: 6" to 24" depending on where you mount and lift height required

Force: each actuator should be 1600lbs - 2000lbs (to account for the solar panels and wind resistance)

4 x Mounting Brackets (BRK-17 model)

Estimated Cost:

$645 without control box

$870 with control box

Project Assembly Time:

Under 4 hours once all other assembly is in place

The above products were recommended based on our experience. Different products and controls options can be used.

Not sure? Check out this video of a solar panel tracking system below.

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