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ABSTRACT The project that the experimenter did was to prove that solar panels that "track the

sun" (helio-trackers) are more efficient than solar panels that face one direction throughout the day. This project will help establish this claim and will help to build more efficient and cost effective solar panels. The experimenter's hypothesis was that the helio-tracker would collect more energy than the stationary solar panel because the helio-tracker would always be perpendicular to the sun's rays; achieving the greatest amount of sunlight and therefore collecting more electricity. The experiment was done by using two identical 40cm by 40cm meter solar panels. The control group was mounted on a roof at a 60 degree angle facing east and the the other was built into a helio-tracking system. The experimenter did this by making a light sensing circuit using the property of light-dependent resistors (cadmium sulfate photocells). A stepper motor moved the solar panel through a pulley. The experimenter set both the panels outside for 5 days; taking readings from sun-up to sun-down every hour. The results showed that the helio-tracker gathered more energy than the stationary panel. The helio-tracker's output was always 1 volt greater than that of the control group. The results proved that the helio-tracker gathered more electricity than the control. This support's the experimenter's hypothesis. A helio-tracker is the solution to the common solar panel's greatest deterrence; inefficiency due to immobility. When a solar panel tracks the sun, its efficiency increases greatly. Conclusion: My results supported