Missouri Wind and Solar shows KWH’s produced from time solar tracker
Articles, Blog

Missouri Wind and Solar shows KWH’s produced from time solar tracker

August 14, 2019


Hi everybody, I’m Jeff from Missouri Wind
and Solar and I wanna show you the production that we’re getting out of
the Solar Time Tracker. I’ve been waiting to do this. We had last month was nothing but
cloudy days. But, behind me is the solar time tracker, it works by time of day. That’s how this moves, it doesn’t track the sun, it goes by time of day. This is 3K
worth of solar panels that we’ve got on there and they’re all hooked up
to Aims micro grid tie inverters and I’m gonna go show you a meter and the kind
of production we’re getting out in one day. You can see the sun, or the sky,
it’s nice clear blue day. Now I’ll go show you the meter It is 9:30 in the morning and this
is the kilowatt hours and I should have been on her earlier, but we’ll go from
here. Seven hundred and forty-four kilowatt hours. Okay, so previously this
morning I already showed you the kilowatt hours and it’s up to 745 so at the end
of the day I’ll make another video showing you the kilowatt hours we
produced. This here is the controller for the solar time tracker so we’ll wait ’til the
end of the day and see how much, how many, kilowatt hours we’ve produced. Well, I’m back everybody and this is the next day, so if you take a look at the meter 769
kilowatt hours and that’s in 24 hours Wyatt already wrote down, I started filming late, so he wrote down the actual kilowatt hours at 8 AM in the morning and
it’s a quarter to 10 right now. So what we got at 8 AM, March 12 we started with seven hundred and forty kilowatt hours and March 13, that’s today, at 8 AM we had
seven hundred and sixty-seven kilowatt hours and you say 769 now so that’s a total of 27 kilowatt hours.
The temperature was sixty to sixty-five degrees and it was sunny, no clouds, and
that’s in a 24 hour period. So, pretty much this time solar tracker is doing
about 30 percent more than our fixed array that we have out front. We also have
a fixed array. So at twenty-seven kilowatt hours in 24 hours, it was
producing roughly 3000 watts in nine hours so that would be a total of eight
hundred and ten kilowatt hours in 30 days that that would produce. So this
morning, it is the 13th today, and it’s actually twenty minutes to 10 right
now so since eight o’clock this morning it has done three kilowatt hours. It just
turned seven hundred and seventy kilowatt hours and I’ll show you what
the weather looks like outside if you want to follow me around here. And today is a cloudy day… Okay, so this is our time solar
tracker and I’ll show you the fixed array that we have. And here’s our fixed array. So, we’ve already done the math between the fixed
and the tracker, and the tracker is doing a minimum of 30% more power a day than over a fixed system. So, to me it’s well worth having a tracker especially
if you’re living off-grid and charging a battery bank. I’m jeff for Missouri
Wind and Solar and thanks for watching.

19 Comments

  • Reply Bill and Rosa April 13, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    We have calculated over the last year our solar tracker (sun tracked) array is doing 40% more than our fixed array. I have even started turning the fixed array off and just charging with my tracked array. Soon I will be putting up my second tracker and doing away with my fixed array. It requires less solar wattage per Amp hour on a tracked array. It is an investment for great power when living off the grid or grid tie systems.
    When you live it you get to see it work. Not just some book and engineers ramblings.

  • Reply TheKilog69 April 13, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Nice Job Jeff!  I have been building & using solar trackers almost five years now & 30% should be about the minimum Gain. U can expect closer to 35% +  without over selling the system.

  • Reply Raymond Earle April 13, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    That is awesome my very good friend. Have an amazing day. My best regards to you and Molly.

  • Reply The Best Stooge April 13, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    I would need 3 of those for my house at those figures.

  • Reply Rev John O'Toole April 13, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    nice, is the controller available separately?

  • Reply Richard Maunder April 13, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    Good to see Jeff thank you for the video.

  • Reply islandonlinenews April 14, 2016 at 12:05 am

    You could have done the same experiment with 2 little panels…

  • Reply Roy Amberg April 14, 2016 at 12:38 am

    my experience on a dual axis tracker is 38%or more over fixed array when you figure the snow that sticks to fixed array. snow slides off of a dual axis tracker much better from the steep angle.

  • Reply Bobby's Solar Homestead April 14, 2016 at 12:40 am

    Love it. How much power is the tracker using? Thanks for the video. God Bless.

  • Reply ian57812 April 14, 2016 at 10:46 am

    So that's more KWH a average house would use over 24 hrs. Have you seen my multi role wind turbine tracker. Lol.

  • Reply Chris DIYer April 14, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    This is awesome. Great video. If I didn't have a puny backyard with HOA limitations, space, and all that…I could do some tracking. 27 KW/H is about what a normal house uses year-long average per day. I do have to say…with my new arrangement out back…saw 4,195 watts coming in. Not bad for an Okie, eh? Been waiting for a power video on this monster tracker Jeff! She is def unique!

  • Reply Roy McGibbon Permaculture where the heart is! April 20, 2016 at 6:05 am

    That's cool 😉

  • Reply chop98 April 20, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    I noticed your regular plug in, Jeff. I also remember you mentioning that your shop is running purely off alternative energy. Does that tracker plug straight into your shop running off alt energy? And is that 2 amps what you're pulling off your batteries? I've been thinking about doing a tracker system. Nothing this big though. My plan would be to use a separate panel to charge the battery to run the tracker and the others will power the main battery. Would this be overkill or useless to do? Would you recommend just powering the tracker off the main battery also? Almost like a mini divert load. Sound right?

  • Reply mobile master race June 1, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    you look like Stan Lee

  • Reply Exotwin September 30, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    another good video thanks.

  • Reply keith henry February 10, 2017 at 8:03 am

    So how much is it for a 500watt solar panel and do u ship to anywhere in the world

  • Reply razzorzedge July 15, 2017 at 3:08 am

    would love to see a new video of a solar tracker vs a time tracker

  • Reply jim h July 23, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    i understand the 30% +- more output over a fixed aray….
    that's over all…
    but can you give us the output. early in the morning say 8-9 am, time tracker verses the fixed aray…
    and late in the day. when the tracker should really out produce the fixed aray…
    this should show how a family can run their home , in the high 90% +- electric while the sun is up.. using the tracker over the fixed aray . .
    making less of an impact on the storage batteries…
    love you informative videos..

  • Reply Steve Loomis July 8, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    You are comparing a 16 panel fixed array with a 12 panel movable array. Makes me doubt your results. Do a real world test using the exact same panels on the same day other wise your comparison is worthless.

  • Leave a Reply