Over the past 15 years, Mass Megawatts has continually strived to innovate and improve alternative energy systems and technologies. This includes new innovations that significantly improve the efficiency of solar power systems. Our latest innovation, the Mass Megawatts Solar Tracking System (STS), is designed to increase solar energy production by 30%.
The patented, STS technology is designed to automatically adjust the position of solar panels to receive an optimal level of direct sunlight throughout the day. Unlike other solar tracking technologies, the Mass Megawatts STS utilizes a low-cost structure that adds stability to the overall system while improving energy production levels.
The STS utilizes an innovative structural design that combines a simple, yet robust, A-frame design with a low-cost, protective outer-wall. Using a non-electrical, and passive, tracking technology, the solar panels are automatically repositioned throughout the day as the sun’s position travels from east to west. With ground fittings secured at multiple points, the system is designed to handle extreme weather and winds up to 120 mph.
The tracking technology allows the panels to receive more direct sunlight and to generate more solar power for the customer. With this system, solar power production is increased by up to 30% as compared to stationary configurations. Future versions of the STS will also offer a dual-tracking capability, which can further improve solar power generation levels by an additional 10%.
The STS allows Mass Megawatts to lower material costs and reduce the number of solar panels needed to generate the rated capacity. Due to this advantage, Mass Megawatts can deliver more solar power production at a price similar to lower-capacity, stationary systems. Specifically, we plan to offer 6.25 kW rated STS units at a price that’s competitive to stationary, 5 kW systems. In many locations, this improved output translates into a 40% rate of return for the customer with investment payback occurring in the 3rd year. Further, by taking advantage of a lease program or power purchase agreement (PPA) arrangement with the company, a customer may realize an immediate, positive cash flow, as immediate energy savings and/or revenues will be realized and/or exceed the monthly payments due.
Starting at 6.25 kW rated units, a Mass Megawatts STS system is appropriate for ground-level, residential and business sites, as well as, commercial, roof-top installations, and has a rated life expectancy of 20 years. Installation can be completed in a few business days, and there is no annual, routine maintenance to perform. Mass Megawatts coordinates all aspects of system delivery, including permitting, installation, and working to obtain any available tax incentives. They monitor the performance of each system, and provide a full, performance guarantee.
Please feel free to contact us to get more information and to learn how you can get a low-cost, Mass Megawatts’ SPS system at your location!
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Can an existing, stationary solar system be converted to a Mass Megawatts STS?
Yes, this is possible, but needs to be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Are battery backup systems available?
Yes. Mass Megawatts will explain the options.
How can I tell if the unit is performing adequately?
Meter is installed at the site to report results and output from system. Mass Megawatts will also continue to monitor performance at site.
Any potential for high-wind and/or snow accumulation damage?
The system is designed to handle wind speeds up to 120 mph, and snow will fall off panels due to angle of position and natural sun/thermal melting.
Any potential cosmetic issues with rust, etc.?
No rust will occur on the framework, and no painting is required.
Is there any noticeable noise generated?
There is some limited noise produced by the actuator during the tracking movement. However, these are brief periods and only noticeable if close to the system during a tracking adjustment.
Who’s responsible for making any needed repairs?
Mass Megawatts will perform any needed repairs over the first 10 years of service.
Is there any routine maintenance that I need to perform?
There is no annual, routine maintenance to perform. However, inverters have a typical life expectancy of 10 years. Mass Megawatts provides service for these updates.
Is there a performance guarantee?
Yes, Mass Megawatts provides a full, performance guarantee on the system for the first 10 years. If the system does produce the documented, expected results, Mass Megawatts will provide a credit to the customer to cover the discrepancy.
Does MMMW oversee the complete installation?
Yes, Mass Megawatts will handle the complete installation of each system, including meeting permitting requirements and handling interconnection with electric utility/grid.
My town provides a municipal electric service. Will they likely allow this type of system?
They may, but this needs to be determined on a case-by-case basis. Mass Megawatts will evaluate.
How can I tell if my property is a good fit for solar?
A Mass Megawatts representative will perform a site evaluation to determine site eligibility.
Any zoning and/or permitting requirements to be aware of?
No expected zoning problems. Local permitting requirements must be met. Mass Megawatts will satisfy these requirements for the customer.
What type of purchase and financing options are available?
Several options are available, including outright purchases, lease programs, and power purchase agreements (PPA). Mass Megawatts will help the customer to determine the best option.
What type of warrantee’s come with the system?
The solar panels come with a 20 year warranty. The inverter comes with a 10 year warranty. Mass Megawatts also provides a full, performance guarantee on the SPS for the first 10 years.
What’s the life expectancy of an STS system?
The system has an expected useful life of 30 years.
How long does it take to install an STS system?
In most cases, a 6.25 kW system can be installed within a few business days.
What’s the expected ROR for the STS system?
In many locations, ROR can reach 40% with payback at 3.5 years.
What are the physical size/dimensions of a single, 6.25 kW, STS unit?
5 kW unit is approximately 50′ (L) x 15′ (W) x 15′ (H).
How much energy is generated (or rated) for each solar unit?
The smallest unit is rated at 6.25 kW (Kilowatts), which would be appropriate for most residential and small business installations. However, Mass Megawatts can deliver almost unlimited capacity for larger installations.
Is the Mass Megawatts’ Solar Tracking System (STS) a complete solar power system or just a component to improve an existing system?
The SPS is a complete solar power system, including solar panels, inverter, and solar tracking framework, delivered by Mass Megawatts.