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17 July

Further Expansion By QBotix, Integration of Robotics Into Solar Tracking System


Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

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Do you remember one of our posts during 2012 about a tracking system designed by a new company called QBotix?  To refresh your/our memory, please refer to the paragraph from our previous 2012 post, below:

The recently unveiled RTS by QBotix, a new company (from Menlo Park, CA) that is bringing the power of robotics to solar energy. The Robotic Tracking System (RTS) is a comprehensive dual-axis tracking system (at a single-axis system’s cost but generates up to 15% more energy) that employs rugged, intelligent and mobile robots to dynamically operate solar power plants and maximize energy output.  By having the robot (some call it solbot) running on a track, as a monorail,  servicing up to 200 solar panels, at 40-minute intervals throughout the day, this tracking system can help the solar panels to receive a performance boost of as much as 40% over existing fixed mount systems and lowers the Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) by up to 20%.  Furthermore, RTS offers fast installation and has low operation and maintenance costs, and is compatible with all solar panels and mounting foundations.  When connecting with each panel, RTS adjusts the angle of the panel and collects data about the panel.  I can see the potential of a self-cleaning RTS/solbot that may be programmed to conserve/minimize the water use in cleaning all solar panels.  Wouldn’t that be great?!  Apparently, RTS also has a certified IP-65, meaning it is impervious to dust and water.

Be sure to also take a look at our interview this year (2014), with Matt Lugar, VP of Sales and Marketing of QBotix, during InterSolar North America 2014, at Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA, below:

Much has happened to QBotix since we last interviewed  its founder and CEO Wasiq Bokhari and Director of Engineering Lalo Ruiz in 2012. Recently QBotix has announced that it has raised $12 million in Round B  financing through its venture capital partners, E.On Climate and Renewables and Iberdrola Renewables. This is in addition to having already successfully completed a $1 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative award project, and received the  recognition by Fast Company as one of the world’s top 10 most innovative companies in robotics. When we met QBotix in 2012, it was a design with zero installations, but now it’s gone global, with 80 MW  installations and contracts or partnerships in U.S., Europe, Latin America, Australia, Japan, and further development in Chile and South Africa. QBotix has the revolutionary, highly efficient technology that will contribute significantly to reduce the balance of system costs in solar projects. We will look forward to its continued expansion and spreading throughout our planet.


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24 April

Incentive For Solar (4)-For Consumers


If you are in favor of renewable/CLEAN energy, please sign the petition page showing support for FIT/CLEAN Program at Thank you.

Yes,  artificial photosynthesis or artificial leaf may become a reality in the future, but it is not commercially available any time soon (within 2-5 years). The high cost of catalyst and fuel cell (in the process of achieving artificial photosynthesis) may take a while to overcome. So, let’s bring ourselves back to our present reality. Each and every one of us, consumers, can do something now, in participating in bringing down the cost of solar technology while benefiting financially. In addition to various financial opportunities under the SunShot Initiative that I’ve mentioned in April 18, 2011 post, various solar projects and incentives may also come under the heading of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy of Department of Energy


Various tax credits, loan programs, rebate programs, incentive programs, and feed-in-tariff programs in association with solar projects may be found under DSIRE (Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency),available via this link:

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DSIRE SOLAR click button to get to your state’s financial incentive programs

to obtain individual states’ listing  of solar incentives by clicking on the state of your interest at

Please take an active part in contacting your local offices for technical guidance or explanations of government policies and incentives programs. Let’s all reach out and touch the sun!

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