Clarksville Solar & Wind
Clarksville Solar & Wind - 3kW
BITHENERGY has recently engineered and installed one of the first solar tracking systems in Howard County. The 3kW solar tracking system was installed on a property in Clarksville and is part of a hybrid renewable energy system (HRES) that consists of solar hot water and a SkyStream wind turbine. The homeowners invested in the HRES system as a means to lessen their dependence on foreign oil, reduce the carbon footprint of their property, cut their energy cost, and to use the system as a training environment for BITHENERGY renewable energy technicians and engineers.
The solar tracking system was chosen over conventional solar configurations because it increases the amount of time a panel receives direct sunlight, making the system approximately 20-30% more efficient. In a solar tracking system, the plane of the panels rotates over two axis, producing a superior angle of incidence for the sun’s rays. The rotating panels change position as the sun moves across the sky, maximizing the energy gathered from the light, thus producing more power, and requiring a minimal amount of real estate. Conventional solar panels, while effective, do not provide this type of energy benefit. After the project is complete, the homeowners expect to have a 75% reduction in their energy cost.