Originally Posted by aroc91
I'm having a hard time figuring out where the alleged increased output is coming from. If they're both using the same amount of panels, they'll both have the same surface area and if all the panels are adjusted to the optimal angle, there shouldn't be a difference between them.
the difference comes from the average angle that solar rays hit the panes.
if you have a flat panel that does not track then you have get almost zero power in the morning, you get max power at noon and again almost zero in the evening on your panel.
on a tree design the panels are arranged in a way that gets more power during the entire day albeit on a smaller surface (ie. some leaves are pointing east and get a lot of power in the morning and none in the evening)
on a tracking panel you get max power all the time.
tried to explain without using math, hope its understandable...