Solar Tracker 2021 Pricing
The Solarize Norwich partner for solar trackers is Solaflect Energy, a partner since 2013.
One Solaflect Tracker has anywhere from 5.1 to 6.0 kW of capacity, but given that solar panels mounted on a Tracker produce 40% more electricity than on a roof or on fixed panels in a field, a Tracker can generate up to 10,000 kWh per year (depending on shading where it's located). Trackers are priced from $22,400 to $28,400, depending on the wattage of the solar panels mounted on it, with a net price, after the 26% Federal tax credit, of $16,500 to $21,000.
Trackers quickly shed snow in the winter because the surface of the array is naturally steep in the winter since the sun is so low in the sky -- plus Trackers "sleep" in a vertical position each night, shedding any remaining snow. Since solar panels are as much as 30% more efficient in really cold temperatures (PV hates heat), keeping solar panels clear of snow all winter saves 12-15% of otherwise lost generation -- a significant production increase and savings over fixed panel solar.
Solar loans available through VSECU and Mascoma at 3.99% (as of March, 2021) can eliminate the upfront payment -- or with an upfront payment of roughly 20%, allow families to trade out their monthly GMP bill for a comparable payment to the bank, and thereby be "cash flow neutral" through the life of the loan -- meaning no change in monthly payments from their pre-solar days.
Note: Comparing the cost-per-watt of a Tracker and a roof-top solar array is an apples-to-oranges exercise because a Tracker generates 40% more electricity per watt - so the cost-per-watt for a Tracker needs to be adjusted down by 40% for an apples-to-apples comparison with rooftop. Note also that roofs often need replacing at some point in the average 25-year life of a solar installation -- at an average cost of $4,000 -- but not an issue with ground-mounted solar.
If you are considering both options, talk with Solaflect about how to make an accurate comparison that will allow you to choose the most cost-effective solar solution for your needs and site. To indicate your preliminary interest and get an individual proposal, go here and click the button for solar tracker.