Linear Actuators

Microfit Solar Trackers

Replacement Actuators For Microfit Solar Trackers

Actuators play a crucial role in Microfit solar trackers. Unfortunately, the Canadian Microfit program ended in 2017. Homeowners who invested in solar energy under the program will continue to receive payments for energy production until the end of their 20-year contract with IESO. Once the contract ends, homeowners can choose to participate in the Net-Metering program and sell excess energy back to the grid. Linear-motor actuators are one of the essential components of solar trackers installed under the Microfit program. These actuators translate rotational motion from motors into linear or straight push/pull motion, making them ideal for lifting, pushing, pulling, or tilting applications that require considerable force. Electric linear actuators are often the best solution for precise, smooth movement control, and safe, unsoiled operation. 

LINAK, the industry leader in linear motion, developed the first electric linear actuator in 1979 and has been at the forefront of the technology ever since. These servo devices offer programmable position and speed capabilities and can have a much longer lifespan of up to 100 million cycles compared to other types of actuators such as air cylinders or ball screw actuators. However, it’s important to note that even with their extended lifespan, linear-motor actuators can still require replacement before the end of the 20-year Microfit contract.

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Actuators and Solar Tracker Efficiency

To ensure the longevity of solar tracker actuators in harsh environments, it’s important to choose solutions that are specifically designed to withstand these conditions. LINAK actuators for solar applications are rigorously tested to endure extreme weather conditions such as heavy rain, strong winds, high or low temperatures, and heavy loads. Materials and designs are carefully chosen to withstand these conditions and ensure optimal performance.

When considering actuator solutions for solar applications, it’s important to choose a low-maintenance solution that is easy to install. Electric actuators, such as those offered by LINAK, have no hoses, pumps, or compressors, which eliminates the risk of oil spills and makes them easy to install. Additionally, LINAK actuators take up less space than other solutions and require minimal maintenance throughout their service life.

To monitor the performance of solar power plants, LINAK actuator solutions are customizable and designed to communicate with other control systems. This means that feedback and alarms can be sent to relevant staff preparing service on solar power plants. Furthermore, detailed position data helps staff fine-tune the plant and optimize production even further, ensuring maximum efficiency.

LINAK LA36 Linear Actuator- 360289-01

The LA36 is engineered to function effectively even in the toughest Canadian weather conditions. It is a robust linear actuator from LINAK, featuring exceptional power, capable of delivering up to 6,800 N of thrust or up to 168 mm/s speed. This actuator is an excellent choice for industrial and agricultural applications where durability and reliability are critical. Additionally, it is ATEX/IECEx certified for safe use in challenging environments.

The IC Integrated Controller™ range includes the LA36, which offers a range of industrial and mobile interfaces. These interfaces make it simple to integrate dependable and intelligent motion with existing control systems. The LA36 offers a choice of interfaces, including the LINAK I/O™ interface, LINbus, Modbus, as well as two CAN bus protocols: CAN SAE J1939 and CANopen. Additionally, several of these options feature PLUS+1 Compliance, providing an additional layer of versatility and compatibility.


LA36 Long Life data sheet

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LA37 LA36 and LA35 MODBUS data sheet

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LA36 data sheet

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LINAK is a company that produces a wide range of linear actuators for various applications. Their product line includes electric linear actuators, control boxes, lifting columns, and accessories for height-adjustable desks, medical equipment, industrial automation, and many other industries.

Sure, here are some bullet points summarizing the page on LINAK’s solar tracking solutions:

  • LINAK provides solar tracking solutions that aim to optimize energy production from solar panels.
  • The solutions are based on electric linear actuators that adjust the angle of the solar panels according to the sun’s position in the sky.
  • The tracking systems can be customized for various types of solar panel installations, including single-axis and dual-axis systems.
  • LINAK’s solutions can improve energy production by up to 45% compared to fixed-angle solar panels.
  • The systems are designed to be reliable and durable, with minimal maintenance required.
  • LINAK provides support throughout the installation process and offers training and service for its solar tracking solutions.
  • The solutions are suitable for various applications, including utility-scale solar farms, commercial buildings, and residential installations.
  • LINAK’s solar tracking solutions can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support the transition to renewable energy sources.



Skye Automation Inc. is proud to be the authorized representative of Linak Actuators in Canada. As a leading provider of automated solutions for controls, electro-mechanical, safety, machine vision, and sensor applications, we specialize in a select number of manufacturers to provide our customers with the highest level of technical support and service. By representing Linak Actuators, we offer reliable and innovative linear actuator solutions to our clients in Canada.