How To Compare Solar Tracker Companies: A Developer’s Guide

March 18, 2024
By Editorial Team
Utility-scale solar developers are the ultimate long-term strategists. From selecting site locations to choosing the right equipment, every decision they make can have a tremendous impact on their project’s levelized cost of energy (LCOE). Solar trackers are one of the most influential pieces of equipment when it comes to improving LCOE — so selecting the right one is key. Today, we’re breaking down the top considerations for developers as they evaluate potential solar tracker companies for their next project.

Comparing Solar Tracker Companies: The Key Considerations

1. Amount of Grading Required

Historically, grading has been a costly (and sometimes under-estimated) part of building utility-scale solar projects, especially in regions with hilly terrain. However, thanks to advancements in terrain-following technology, leading solar trackers like the Nevados All Terrain Tracker (ATT) can now reduce or eliminate the need for grading. This has many benefits for solar developers, including:
  • Eliminating millions of dollars in grading costs
  • Reducing the cost and risk of permitting and civil engineering
  • Protecting local flora and improving community relations
The ATT can handle almost any natural terrain with tolerances of up to 26% for post-to-post angle changes (allowing for articulation capabilities) and 37% slopes overall. These breakthroughs enable solar developers to maximize yields while rightly marketing themselves as good stewards of the land, given it’s almost always preferable to leave existing topsoil and vegetation in their natural state.

2. Terrain Specific Backtracking

Many solar tracker companies sell terrain-specific rotation schedules as an add-on rather than including them with their trackers. This negatively impacts LCOE for developers in two ways:
  1. Increases upfront costs if the software is purchased
  2. Reduces energy yields if the software is not purchased due to poorer tracking of the sun
Nevados took this issue to heart when we developed our integrated TRACE (Tracker Rotation Angle Control Engine) platform. Using advanced ray-tracing calculations, TRACE enables optimized rotation schedules and more accurate predictive energy modeling on your project’s unique terrain profile. The best part? TRACE is automatically included with every purchase of the ATT.

3. Supply Chain Resiliency

As we’ve seen in recent years, supply chain issues can seriously delay solar project timelines and drive up LCOE. To get new projects online as quickly as possible, solar developers need to ensure their solar trackers have a resilient supply chain.  At Nevados, we’ve established robust domestic and International supply chains, providing the flexibility to minimize upfront costs or take advantage of new 45X domestic content tax incentives depending on your goals.

4. Withstanding the Elements

As utility-scale solar expands into new terrain, solar trackers must be able to withstand harsh conditions like hurricanes, snow, flooding, differential settlement, and more. For optimal LCOE, solar developers should choose a solar tracker that is proven to hold up in these unpredictable events.  The Nevados ATT, for example, withstood category-three hurricane winds after Hurricane Ida reached Louisiana. The event marked several important distinctions that further validated our tracker design and construction:
  • Nevados’ trackers remained fully functional after the storm
  • Even the trackers that were not commissioned and therefore remained at 0° stow avoided damage
  • Competitors’ trackers in the same area were badly damaged
These results can be credited to a few key features of the ATT, including its real-time weather monitoring, automated stowing protocols, and dampers that are integrated right into the bearings.

All Terrain Tracking and Lower LCOE — An Obvious Choice

Nevados’ breakthrough solar tracking technology resolves some of developers’ most critical pain points in an industry facing its share of growing pains. With the right solar tracker partner, solar developers can stay focused on the most promising opportunities while minimizing risks, costs, and controversy.

Contact Nevados to learn more about our All Terrain Tracker and discuss your next solar project with our dedicated solar experts.

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Jenya Meydbray

Jenya is the Chief Commercial Officer of Nevados, prior to that he co-founded PVEL in 2010 and served as CEO for the past dozen years. 

He developed the first extended reliability and performance test protocols for the downstream PV industry as well as innovative methods of evaluating PV performance for power plant level risk assessment and mitigation. 

Prior to founding PVEL, Jenya was the Senior Quality and Reliability Engineer at SunPower where he designed accelerated test methods for high-efficiency solar cells and modules. Jenya began his career at NASA Ames Research Center’s hyper-gravity facilities. He also served as VP of Technology for Cypress Creek Renewables, a utility-scale project developer.


Rick Baldini

Rick has over 18 years of finance experience across several industries including financial services, insurance, real estate, and construction.  Rick is experienced in building, leading, and advising companies through complex restructurings, business expansion and product development.  

Prior to Nevados, Rick was the CFO for Link Real Estate & Urban Land Co, a real estate investment firm, that Rick led to become the fastest growing private company in Central Ohio.  Rick has also been successful in structuring a multi-million-dollar licensing deal with a public company while CFO at Global Administration Management, a boutique consulting firm in the insurance industry.

Rick is a graduate of the University of Arizona where he received a B.S. in Finance and Marketing.