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Solar Tracker & Thin-Film Combo Optimizes All Weather Solar Energy Yields

 - Apr 8, 2009   Updated: Aug 16 2011
In what is thought to be the world's first single-axis solar tracking system featuring thin-film photovoltaic cells, the Robert O. Schulz Solar Farm will provide a unique cost-benefit analysis comparing two photovoltaic technologies.

Crystalline panels and thin-film solar panels will be measured to see how they perform under a range of climatic conditions.

The two distinct solar energy solutions are part the new project between Denver-based Conergy Americas and officials at California's South San Joaquin Irrigation District (SSJID.)

Implications - The system, which debuted in late march, will save nearly half a million dollars for the irrigation district in utility costs, and will in fact make millions of dollars for the district in state cash incentives. Amidst the stat-wide water crisis, the project, which is in its second phase, will stabilize consumer costs.