Solar tracker installation market is projected to reach $379.2 billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 11.1% from 2019 to 2026. Trackers are responsible for focusing solar panels or modules toward the sun. These gadgets change their direction to pursue the sun’s rays to increase energy capture. In photovoltaic frameworks, trackers help maximize the angle of incidence (the edge that a beam of light makes with a line opposite to the surface) between the approaching light and the board.  Concentrated solar photovoltaics and concentrated sun-powered cells have optics that focus the sunlight, so solar trackers must be placed accurately to achieve maximum sunlight.

The key factors that drive the growth of this market include increase in installation of solar panels across the globe. This is increasing the demand for solar tracker to direct sunlight toward the panels. Hence, it is expected that with an increase in solar installation, the demand for solar tracker will increase significantly. This in turn will drive the growth of the global solar tracker installation market. In addition, other factors such as environmental pollution, rising price of fuels, and growing awareness among people regarding clean energy are also expected to fuel the demand for solar panels and in turn solar trackers during the forecast period. 

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The solar tracker installation market is fragmented based on type, application, and region. Based on type, the market is segmented into dual axis and single axis. The single axis tracker segment was the highest contributor to the market and is expected to grow with a CAGR of 10.8% during the forecast period. Single-axis solar trackers have both horizontal and vertical axis. The horizontal type of single-axis tracker is used increasingly in tropical regions where the sunlight is bright at noon, but the days are short. The vertical type of single-axis tracker is used increasingly in high latitudes where the sun does not get very high; however, summer days can be very long. The growing use of single-axis tracker in both tropical region and high-altitude region is expected to drive the growth of the market.

The dual axis tracker segment is estimated to grow with the highest CAGR of 12.1%. The growing use of dual-axis trackers in Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) applications is expected to drive the growth of the market. CSP application utilizes dual axis tracking for achieving maximum sunlight to drive devices using high power.

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In terms of application, the market is fragmented into residential, commercial, and industrial. The industrial segment was the highest contributor to the market and is expected to continue its dominance during the forecast period. Industrial processes use hot water to clean industrial equipment and machinery. Some sectors, including beverage bottling plants, for example, require very large quantities of hot water for both production and maintenance of all the above purposes, industries are leveraging solar technology to achieve efficiency and cost saving. As industries are utilizing solar technology, solar tracker is also playing an important role. A solar tracker is employed in solar panels to orient payload towards sun.

Region wise, the market is examined across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. Asia-Pacific was the highest revenue contributor. Asia-Pacific and North America collectively accounted for around 83.9% share in 2018, with the former constituting around 68.6% share.

The key players involved in the market include Abengoa SE, First Solar, Inc., Tata Power Solar Systems Limited, Trina Solar Co. Ltd., BrightSource Energy, Inc., Siemens AG, PVHardware, Arctech Solar, and NEXTracker. To compete against each other, these market players are implementing certain strategies. These strategies include product launch, partnership, acquisition, and research & development. In an instance, Arctech Solar has recently launched its SkySmart-2 tracking system. It is a single axis 2P (two modules in portrait) tracking system, which offers maximum energy efficiency.

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The outbreak of COVID-19 affected the global economy severely and the solar tracker installation market was also not an exception in this regard. The report includes the COVID-19 impact on the market along with the current stratagems, dynamic slants, lines, and tactics espoused by the major players in the sector.  It would further add up value to our clients by offering the much-needed insights on the global spectrum of the market.  Apart from showcasing the impact instigated on the market share and size throughout the pandemic, especially during the initial phase, it also focuses on the key strategies implemented by the frontrunners during this crisis. Simultaneously, with the rollout of mass vaccination programs across the world, the market is expected to revive soon and the report also offers the post-COVID-19 impact on the global solar tracker installation market.