Hobbyists and electronic enthusiasts looking for a way to track the sun may be interested in a new DIY sun tracking solar panel project created by YouTuber “GreatScott”. Check out the tutorial below to learn more about how you can use a little Arduino programming and hardware to easily track the position of the sun to make sure your solar panel is receiving the optimal sunlight.
“In this project I will show you how to create a solar tracker which like the name implies can follow the movement of the sun throughout the day. And at the end I will show you the energy harvest difference between a solar tracker mounted solar panel and a flat mounted solar panel.
The tracker/panel was placed next to a stationary panel lying flat on his roof, and after a 2 ½-hour test, he found that the moving configuration generated 15% more energy. Of course there are other factors to consider, including time of day and how much power the tracker itself consumes, so be sure to see the experimental project and his thoughts on the results below.”