Solar energy is an abundant and clean renewable energy source. As solar PV power generation continues to grow, solar businesses, developers, and investors are relying on solar PV (photovoltaic) trackers or solar trackers more than ever to generate electrical energy and maximize solar projects’ ROI under cost pressure.
Furthermore, a solar PV tracker purchase is a good investment in the long term to increase solar production and decrease operating costs across geographies while reducing environmental degradation.
Keep reading to learn more about the top 10 global solar PV tracker companies.
Table of Contents What is a Solar PV Tracker? Top 10 Global Solar PV Tracker Companies Nextracker Array Technologies PV Hardware Soltec GameChange Solar Arctech Solar FTC Solar IDEEMATEC Versol Solar Axial Structural Solutions Blackridge Research & Consulting – Global Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Tracker Market Report Wrapping Up
What is a Solar PV Tracker?
A solar tracker is a device that positions a reflector, PV panel (photovoltaic panel)/solar panel, or a solar collector at an optimal angle relative to the sun to receive most of the solar radiation. For example, keeping the solar panel perpendicular to the sun results in more sunlight striking the solar panel, reflecting less light, and absorbing more energy.
Unlike any other single balance-of-system (BOS) component, a solar tracker enhances a PV system’s performance through the constant orientation of the PV panels toward the sun throughout the day.
A stepper motor (a type of DC motor) is usually used to position the solar panel so it can receive maximum sunlight. As the stepper motor is energy efficient with high tracking accuracy, it is used for precise automatic sun tracking with greater solar energy utilization. Moreover, a stepper motor is inexpensive in contrast to a servo motor.
It is estimated that solar tracking increases power output by about 30% to 40%. However, a computer-based algorithm solar tracker needs additional maintenance and is more expensive than a static/fixed solar panel.
Major sun/solar tracking systems are: Manual solar tracker:
Using a manual tracker is only sometimes practical as it requires someone to constantly monitor the sun and physically change the position of the solar panel system. Active solar tracker:
Active trackers use motors or hydraulic cylinders to move the PV panels, so they face the sun. Although active trackers are more convenient to use than manual trackers, a motor’s moving parts could break easily and lead to higher maintenance costs over the system’s lifetime.
Based on the direction of the movement, solar trackers are categorized into: Single-axis solar tracker:
Single-axis trackers are usually used in utility-scale projects, with tracking available on a horizontal/vertical axis. The tracker follows the sun’s position as it moves from east to west. A single-axis solar tracker can increase production from 25% to 35%.
📷 Dual-axis solar tracker:
A dual-axis tracker or two-axis tracker not only moves from east to west but also from north to south to track the sun. Such trackers are commonly used for residential and small commercial solar projects with limited space and produce enough power to meet required energy needs.
📷 Passive tracker:
Passive solar trackers or passive trackers use a liquid with a low boiling point that evaporates on exposure to solar radiation. Evaporation of the liquid causes the tilt system to become imbalanced, making the panels tilt toward the direction of the sun’s rays.
Top 10 Global Solar PV Tracker Companies
Here are the top 10 global solar PV tracker companies (based on capacity installed)
Nextracker Founded: 2013 Location: Fremont, California, USA
Nextracker is the leading solar tracker company trusted globally for one of the most advanced and reliable solar trackers. In addition, TrueCapture is Nextracker’s yield optimization and control software while NX Navigator™ supports precision monitoring and control to manage and protect utility plant assets.
Nextracker’s solar tracker product portfolio includes: Bifacial
Nextracker provides fully optimized bifacial solar tracker solutions to enhance plant production, reduce LCOE, and ensure superior ROI with minimal cost differential compared to monofacial modules.
Nextracker’s bifacial-ready solar tracker consists of optimized high-rise mounting rails, with bearing gaps and drive system gaps designed to maximize rear-side irradiance.
Other benefits of the solar tracker are:
- Large height-to-width aspect ratio
- Smart wire management and electrical stringing
- Minimal structural shading and mismatch loss factors
NX Horizon systems have been used for some of the world’s largest solar farms. What factors make NX Horizon highly successful in the solar tracker market?
Take a look:
- Advanced feature set
- Ease of installation
- Field-proven weather durability
- Integrated hardware and software
- LCOE-enhancing operating performance
Furthermore, NX Horizon’s decentralized architecture and patented tracker-in-motion design have set a new benchmark in solar tracker innovation. Some of the notable features include:
- Highly engineered mass-balance rotation (rather than rotational torque energy)
- Unlinked tracker rows, which provide flexibility to follow East-West terrain
- Self-powered to preserve uptime during O&M
- Powerful robotic cleaning
- Maximum solar energy capture with up to 120° tracker range of motion
- Slew-drive motor with proven reliability
NX Horizon-XTR is an all-terrain solar tracker that overcomes the “straight-line row” design constraints and simplifies construction on difficult or undulating terrain. Furthermore, the field-proven solar tracker accelerates project construction schedules while saving more time and money.
NX Horizon-XTR provides a wide range of benefits, such as:
- Maintain topsoil health and native vegetation
- Minimize schedule risk
- Prevent soil erosion
- Reduce dust control
- Save on foundation steel (shorter pile lengths) and earthworks (less grading)
Array Technologies, Inc. Founded: 1996 Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA (Global Headquarters)
In January 2022, STI Norland was acquired by Array Technologies, a leading U.S.-based solar tracking systems manufacturer.
STI Norland (Soluciones Técnicas Integrales Norland SI) is one of Europe’s well-known tracker manufacturers that designs, manufactures, and supplies solar trackers and fixed structures for several solar PV plants.
Array Technologies specializes in durable and reliable utility-scale solar trackers engineered to withstand a variety of harshest conditions.
Furthermore, the solar trackers have diverse functionalities—from a customizable backtracking algorithm that minimizes shadows to remote monitoring and predictive maintenance that avoids downtime.
The company’s product portfolio includes: Array DuraTrack® (multi-row tracker)
Array DuraTrack® is a sought-after solar tracking solution for utility-scale projects, ensuring 99.996% uptime and no scheduled maintenance. The durable tracking system uses fewer components and features a 100+ module row design to maximize power density.
Furthermore, DuraTrack®’s fully automatic, failure-free wind load mitigation system makes it dependable even in extreme weather conditions. Array STI H250 (dual-row tracker)
Array STI H250 (dual-row tracker) uses advanced wireless communication technology. It is designed for a low LCOE with a dual-row structure that has around 60 PV modules per row in a vertical position.
The optimized configuration makes the dual-row tracker powerful yet adaptable to sites with extremely angled blocks, fragmented project areas, or irregular boundaries. Array SmarTrack™
SmarTrack™ is sophisticated software that maximizes PV plant performance and increases revenue for utility-scale solar sites equipped with Array DuraTrack® trackers while reducing long-term operational costs. SmarTrack™ leverages machine learning and provides various benefits, such as:
- A highly secure platform
- Increased energy production by up to 5%
- No added hardware required
- Seamless integration (on-site or remote installation)
PV Hardware Founded: 2011 Location: Cheste, Valencia (Spain)
PV Hardware (PVH) is a leading provider of solar structures, trackers, and SCADA solutions for utility-scale power plants. PVH has supplied and installed solar trackers and structures globally, including PV plants in desert areas of Africa and the Middle East.
PVH’s solar tracker range comprises: Monoline+ 1P (one-in-portrait) and 2P (two-in-portrait)
Monoline+ 1P and 2P are built for large-format ultra high-power modules and fully tested in 3D aeroelastic wind tunnels. Additionally, the single-row trackers use LoRaWAN to ensure long-range communication, with no blind spots or interference.
While the trackers’ adaptive backtracking 3D and machine learning algorithm optimize production for PV plant sites with complex terrain, the robust structures are suitable for direct module attachment and grounding and optimal response to terrain orography and wind load.
Here are the major advantages of Monoline+ trackers:
- Adapted to XXL modules
- Better adaptability to the terrain
- Better position control
- Bifacial optimized
- Easy alignment during assembly
- High wind resistance and view factor
- Made with MAGNELIS®
- PV cleaner tested
- Support all market-available modules
Monoline is an independent-row horizontal single-axis tracker (HSAT) that supports all market available modules, including bifacial and thin film. Monoline range includes Monoline 3H (90 panels per row), Monoline 2V-60 (60 panels per row), and Monoline Bifacial. Axone
Axone is a multi-row motor tracker that can safely move up to 20 rows and 62 modules while significantly reducing the use of actuators, electronic components, and motors. Apart from lowering the maintenance cost and unavailability due to breakdowns, Axone is built to last in extreme conditions with minimal maintenance. Axone Duo
Axone Duo is a horizontal single-axis tracker with central driveline architecture in dual rows. The tracker is self-grounded via serrated fixation hardware, has a storm alarm for high winds, and uses LoRa wireless communication protocol. Axone and Axone Duo support all market-available modules, including bifacial and thin film.
Soltec (Soltec Power Holdings) Founded: 2004 Location: Murcia, Spain
Soltec is a top-tier manufacturer, supplier, and installer of solar tracker equipment. The company also provides a wide range of on-site services, such as advisory, commissioning, logistics, training, and regionally available installation and O&M contracting.
Soltec’s product portfolio includes: SFOne
SFOne is a 1P single-axis tracker (double row) designed for 72- and 78-cell modules. The self-powered tracker is built on the advanced “Dy-Wind” wind design methodology and is cost-effective with optimized communication and control operations.
SFOne’s noteworthy features include:
- Diffuse booster optimization for low-light conditions
- Easier and faster installation
- Face-2-Face positioning
- Fail-safe redundancy
- Full wireless network at plant level
- Near field communication (NFC) at the tracker level
- Open thread mesh network
- Tracker monitoring system (TMS) for full PV plant control
SF8 is a single-axis tracker designed for larger 72- and 78-cell modules. The extremely robust tracker comes with a unique multi-drive transmission system within the tracker structure and a supersized torque tube with improved geometry.
The self-stow tracker provides excellent resilience to wind, ensures lower installation and maintenance costs, and contains an electrical surge protection device (SPD) for overvoltage protection.
SF8’s key features include:
SF7 Single-Axis Tracker
- 22% more rigid
- 4 to 6 strings (frog leap weaving)
- Better angle accuracy
- Easier and quicker installation
- Fail-safe redundancy
- Full wireless system
- Open thread mesh network
- TMS for full PV plant control
- Up to 8.6% greater yield with BIFACIAL TEAMTRACK™
Faster installation with a higher MW installation rate, highest yield-per-acre performance, lower BOP (Balance of Plant) costs, and a variety of land-use options, among other factors have made SF7 one of the most sought-after solar trackers for large-scale PV projects.
SF7’s significant features include:
- Cost-effective installation and operation
- DC Harness + StringRunner
- Fewer parts and screw connections
- Higher yield with Trackerfill
- Land-use enabler
- NFC at the tracker level
- Self-powered with PV series power supply
- TeamTrack asymmetric backtracking
GameChange Solar Founded: 2012 Location: Norwalk, Connecticut, USA (Headquarters)
GameChange Solar’s innovative design helps in reducing total racking and installation cost without compromising solar racking strength. While superior engineering ensures fast installation, high-volume manufacturing delivers excellent value.
The company has designed proprietary systems that stand for bankable quality, ease of installation, and value for money. With an extensive global supply chain to meet demand across the world and high capacity production, GameChange Solar is transforming the world with affordable and green energy.
GameChange Solar’s product portfolio includes:
MAXSPAN™ Post Ground
- Single Post System
- Single Post EastWest™ System
- Dual Post System
- Dual Post EastWest™ System
All of the above systems are available as Wide Flange Post and Screw or Helical Post (2-4Up in Portrait).
MAXDENSITY™ EAST WEST SYSTEM
According to the company, this is the solar industry’s lowest-cost fixed tilt structure.
Some salient features are:
- Up to 98% ground coverage ratio for maximum module density and energy output
- Simple fast installation with great adjustability
- No need for pile drivers
- TURBOCLAMPS™ that increases panel install speed by 400%
- 5° or 10° East West landscape configuration
- Supports various commercially available framed modules
Arctech Solar Founded: 2009 Location: Jiangsu, China
Arctech is a globally renowned manufacturer and supplier of solar trackers, fixed-tilt structures, and BIPV solutions for commercial and utility-scale solar projects. According to the company, Arctech supplied more than 40 GW of racking and tracking systems to around 1,300 PV plants in 40 countries by the end of 2021.
Arctech’s solar trackers include: SkyLine (Independent row 1P tracker)
SkyLine is a cost-effective and reliable tracker with a D-shaped torque tube that adds stability and saves material. The horizontal single-axis tracker accommodates up to 90 modules per tracker and supports all commercially available modules.
Furthermore, SkyLine’s string-powered system comes with a backup Li-ion battery and has strong wind resistance capability. SkySmart II (2P tracker with double performance and triple safety)
SkySmart II’s notable features include an advanced slewing drive system, artificial intelligence algorithm, LoRa-wireless communication, strong adaptability to terrain, and synchronous multi-point drive.
The horizontal single-axis tracker supports all commercially available modules and provides different modes (flood, snow, and wind stow). SkyLine II (Single-axis tracker (1P tracker) with synchronous multi-point drive)
SkyLine II is easy to install and offers the highest stability at all tilts. The horizontal single-axis tracker accommodates up to 120 modules per tracker and supports all commercially available modules.
SkyLine II’s electronic controller specifications include terrain-adaptive intelligent algorithm and snow and hail protection. SkyWings (Dual row solar tracker with multi-point-drive design)
In August 2022, Arctech announced the launch of SkyWings—the company’s solar tracking solution stated as the world’s first dual-row solar tracker designed with a multi-point drive mechanism.
SkyWings is compatible with undulation terrain and its flexible modular design is reported to accommodate more PV modules than other conventional solar tracking systems under similar terrain circumstances. Moreover, the patented triple D torque tube allows for stowing flat (in a horizontal position) with excellent stability.
FTC Solar Founded: 2017 Location: Austin, Texas, USA
FTC Solar manufactures solar tracker systems and solar tracker software. Founded by renewable energy industry veterans, FTC Solar makes single-axis, 2P tracking systems for utility-scale projects worldwide. It also provides engineering services, including foundation analysis, tracker design, and PV site layout.
FTC offers the following single-axis trackers: FTC Voyager Tracker™/FTC Voyager+
FTC Voyager Tracker™ is a single-axis, 2P tracker that is ideal for bifacial panels and projects, which have constraints on land area, rough soils, or steep terrain. Voyager enhances power yields and reduces installation costs through patented design.
Furthermore, superior software architecture ensures reliable communications between row, zone, and site controllers with 3-day autonomy.
Additionally, FTC SunPath™ software provides diffused light tracking, individual row backtracking, and multi-row shade optimization to add up to 6% in total energy output.
Here are the main advantages of FTC Voyager+:
FTC Pioneer Tracker™/FTC Pioneer
- Lowest installed cost and fastest in industry installation
- Maximum megawatt (MW)/acre with minimal grading (through superior design flexibility)
- Minimal maintenance requirements over the service life
- Optimal energy yield for any project (through yield enhancement software)
As the PV market moves to larger module sizes, the demand is increasing for a flexible tracker architecture that can work well with ultra large format modules (ULFM) in high wind areas.
FTC Pioneer leverages the proven experience of FTC Voyager to overcome wind mitigation and installation cost challenges and create additional value, with less steel, less land, and less labor.
Here are the main advantages of FTC Pioneer:
- Designed to use 15% fewer foundations
- Reduction of pile refusal and rework
- Significant reduction in the capex cost of pile and installation
- Up to 5% increase in power density
IDEEMATEC Founded: 2003 Location: Wallerfing, Bayern, Germany
With nearly 20 years in the solar industry and 12 years of tracker experience, IDEEMATEC is a leading solar tracking technology solution provider. Horizon safeTrack H4™
IDEEMATEC’s original solar tracker is powered by its core patented decoupled drive technology and is suitable for various sites, including sites with challenging high winds, irregular terrain, and soils.
Furthermore, safeTrack H4PLUS bifacial tracker™ is now available for an even higher yield at more rail distance and maximum reduced shading.
The safeTrack H4™
trackers reduce the risk for EPC project developers and asset owners by providing the most value added over a power plant’s entire lifetime. While the flexible string configuration allows for the highest peak power ratio, the high span reduces tracker installation costs.
Key features of Horizon safeTrack H4™ include:
Horizon L:TEC® 1P and 2P
- Barrier-free robot cleaning
- Bifacial ready
- Dynamic stability in any position
- Extremely adaptable to any terrain
- Patented technology for system stability (over the entire length)
- Safe and stable 0° stow position
- Superior safety and uptime level
The Horizon L:TEC® has an impressive 15-year system warranty for mechanical and structural components. In addition, IDEEMATEC provides a 25-year warranty against perforation corrosion.
The Horizon L:TEC® is built with decoupled drive technology paired with a locked sprocket system for maximum stability.
Furthermore, the tracker’s 1P and 2P versions feature a patented self-locking technology that secures standard, bifacial, and XXL modules in position against torsional galloping caused due to extreme wind loads.
Securing modules helps expand product lifespan and reduce maintenance costs. Additionally, the tracker accommodates extra-large photovoltaic modules and integrates seamlessly with bifacial modules to generate more energy per tracker.
Key benefits of Horizon L:TEC®:
AURORA (PV solar tracking software)
- 30% fewer parts than the average system
- Best lifetime value
- Best-in-class warranty
- Design flexibility
- Zero-degree stow
AURORA sends positioning-related commands using configuration data and virtual height correction to ensure optimal tracker operation.
Versolsolar Hangzhou Co., Ltd. (Versolsolar) Founded: 2009 Location: Hangzhou, China
Versolsolar Hangzhou Co., Ltd. (Versolsolar) is one of the largest professional PV mounting and tracking system manufacturers in China and the Asia-Pacific region.
The company’s high pass rate of PV brackets products is attributed to advanced equipment, meticulous logistics management, strict process standards, and top-rated production technology.
As a national high-tech enterprise, Versolsolar has been granted several patents and international certifications, with products selling worldwide in the mainstream markets, such as Europe, Japan, North America, and Southeast Asia.
Versolsolar products and solutions include: Tracking System
BIPV (Integrates PV modules with building materials)
- V-Multi Tracking System
- V-In Tracking System
- V-Link Tracking System
- V-Push Tracking System
- Tilt Single Axis Tracking System
- Dual Axis Tracking System
Building Support System
- V-Integral BIPV System
- Integrated Rooftop System
- Metal Sheet Rooftop System
- Tile-on Rooftop System
- Flat Rooftop System
- V-Top Rooftop System – Windstream
Ground Mounting System
- Aseismic Support System
- Finished Support System
- Pipe Gallery Support System
- Busbar System (includes “closed intensive busway” and “cable bridge frame”)
Power Station Development
- V-Basic Mounting System – Ground Double Column System
- V-Basic Mounting System – Pile Series
- Power station cleaning vehicle (suitable for all terrains)
- PV vehicle shed system (combines PV power generation with a car shed)
Axial Structural Solutions Founded: 2004 Location: Paterna (Valencia), Spain
Axial Structural Solutions is part of the Alonso Group and specializes in designing and manufacturing fixed structural systems and solar trackers for photovoltaic installations.
The company thoroughly analyzes seismic, snow, and wind conditions to make sure the trackers adapt to each solar plant’s requirements and offers tailor-made solutions for a variety of solar energy projects.
The Axial solar tracking system is adaptive, efficient, and reliable in many ways, such as:
- 3D backtracking
- Adjustment algorithm by topographic coordinates
- Multiple anchor systems
- Multiple security systems
- Optimized assembly process
- Three power options
- Three wind alarms
The Axial tracker range is available in the following configurations: AxialTracker 1V Twin and Axial Tracker 2V TT (Bifacial)
AxialTracker 1V Twin and Axial Tracker 2V TT are horizontal axis East-to-West solar trackers with up to 70 km/h operational wind speed. The smartly designed trackers are self-powered/grid powered for low-temperature regions.
AxialTracker 1V Twin—the double-row solar tracker—uses the NREL SPA (National Renewable Energy Laboratory Solar Positioning Algorithm) with a 3D backtracking tracking method and shares electronic systems and motorization between two rows to reduce up to 20% supply and maintenance costs.
On the other hand, Axial Tracker 2V TT uses the NREL SPA and provides advanced safety with a blocking system.
Both solar trackers are known for simple field installation and come with a 5-year warranty for slewing drive, engine, and electronics and up to 10 years battery warranty apart from corrosion and structural warranties of up to 25 years.
Other notable solar PV tracker companies include (listed in alphabetical order): Powerway:
Powerway Renewable Energy Co., Ltd. supplies roof racking systems, solar mounting systems, and solar tracking systems to global solar power stations. The company has supplied and installed solar trackers and structures in 60+ countries worldwide. Scorpius Trackers:
Scorpius Trackers Pvt. Ltd. is an end-to-end single-axis solar tracking solution provider. In addition to solar PV trackers, the company has developed tracker controller, software, and structure designs. Solar FlexRack:
Solar FlexRack (a division of Northern States Metals) is an integrated solar company that provides custom-designed solar tracking systems (fixed tilt ground mount and single-axis) and full services, such as engineering and layout design services. Solar Steel by Gonvarri:
Gonvarri Steel designs, supplies, and installs fixed tilt structures and solar trackers for the PV market. Trina Solar: Trina Solar
is a leading solar technology and manufacturing company, which provides solar modules for residential, commercial, and utility-scale solar projects. Generally, a PV module (solar module) consists of PV cell (solar cell) circuits sealed in an environmentally protective laminate.
While one or more PV modules make up PV panels, a PV array (solar array) is the complete power-generating unit with any number of PV modules and panels.
In addition, some companies provide solar trackers for homes and businesses, DIY kits, and community solar services (AllEarth Renewables), as well as patented high-yield, dual-axis photovoltaic trackers designed to maximize performance in any climate and terrain condition (Mechatron Solar).
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Typically, a solar energy system, photovoltaic solar panel system, or a PV system converts sunlight into usable electric or thermal energy. Harnessing the sun’s energy is made better and more efficient with a solar tracker system, which helps generate the optimum level of solar power for electricity production.
No two solar projects are the same. As such, utility-scale solar development projects have unique requirements from concept to solar installation. Solar PV tracker companies provide a broad range of solar PV trackers, including single-axis and dual-axis trackers for residential, commercial, and industrial applications. A solar PV tracker takes solar power generation to a whole new level across the world—whatever the location, energy production requirement, or size of the solar project.