Dual-Axis Tracking Array
Location: South Haven, MI
Installed: November 2013
Capacity: 106.2kW DC-STC
This Dual-Axis Tracking Solar Array is composed of 15 Deger Energie 6000NT Tracking systems that each support 24 Suniva MVX-295 solar panels. There are a total of 360 large form factor, 72-cell solar modules in this array. To ensure proper Maximum Power Point Tracker performance and maximize energy collection, each tracker is equipped with its own SMA SB7000-US12 Inverter.
When completed, in the Fall of 2013, this installation was the largest Dual-Axis Tracking Photovoltaic Array in Michigan and one of the largest in the Midwestern United States.
The early production data from this array has been impressive. It is expected that the tracking system will improve the performance of the solar panels by more than 40% when compared with a fixed tilt system.
This system will produce about 85% of the electricity that is consumed by the factory that it supports. It provides a source of clean renewable energy and offers a hedge against future electricity proce increases. It is expected to have a simple payback period of under 6 years.