Hoping to capture the maximum possible sunlight,
my first impulse was a tracking array. But the width was over 10
feet and six were needed. I couldn't crowd that many in
the available space without mutual shading.
Besides, the mechanical complexity and cost seemed excessive for the power
gain. At this latitude, the
least costly way to
increase capacity is to add more PV panels.
So I adapted my tracker concept to a fixed array that would at least accommodate seasonal declination
adjustments. But a few weeks later a new idea emerged and I drew up
plans for the final design.
Much can be
said for simplicity.
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