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February 15, 2017 RBI Solar Inc

Meet the Big Green Machines—An RBI Solar Icon

  • February 13th, 2017
  • Alicia Auhagen

RBI Solar installation

GRT. Green machine. Big green. Call them what you will, these post-driving machines are a sight to behold. For those familiar with our company and our work, RBI Solar ground mount projects in progress are hard to miss—painted in iconic RBI green, our GRTs are brightly visible as they work their way across the landscape.

So what are these green beasts and how do they bring your solar racking project to life? Read the rest of this entry »

February 3, 2017 RBI Solar Inc

Better Together—Partnerships That Work

  • February 3rd, 2017
  • Alicia Auhagen

Ground mount transported to island

Taking a solar project from a bright idea to a functioning structure doesn’t happen overnight, and it certainly doesn’t happen alone. Many stakeholders—all experts in their respective fields—come together to bring a solar project to life.

The Cuttyhunk Island ground mount solution, recently detailed on our blog, is one great example of many teams coming together to make a project happen. Read the rest of this entry »

January 20, 2017 RBI Solar Inc

Massachusetts Island Famous for Relaxation Discovers Solar Peace of Mind

  • January 18th, 2017
  • Alicia Auhagen

Ground mount solar on island

Cuttyhunk Island—a mile and a half stretch of land at the outermost band of Massachusetts’ Elizabethan Islands—is home to a single school, many bed & breakfasts, and little more than 50 permanent residents. The population can swell into the hundreds in the summer as tourists and travelers flock to this quaint little New England island for fishing and relaxation.

Everything that comes to the island, from food to fuel, must be transported via boat or barge. For barges, that’s a three hour drive from the mainland.

Being so far away from mainland Massachusetts, it made sense for Cuttyhunk Island to have an inexhaustible source of energy in the form of solar PV. Read the rest of this entry »

January 16, 2017 RBI Solar Inc

Case Study: BCBS Solar Carport in Memphis, TN

  • January 16th, 2017
  • Alicia Auhagen

Blue Cross Blue Shield Memphis solar canopy

Blue Cross Blue Shield, a national health insurance provider, continued to demonstrate its commitment to corporate responsibility and sustainability with a 81.90 kW solar carport at its Memphis, Tennessee facility. Our cost-effective “T”-shaped carport structure was the right solar mounting solution for this budget-driven project, with 4 I-beam columns supporting 252 PV modules.

RBI Solar’s general contractor’s license in Tennessee was used to obtain a business license and permit from Shelby County, TN to construct the carport. In order to keep Blue Cross Blue Shield’s carport project on schedule and within budget, parts of the schedule were condensed and work was performed on weekends to achieve a very quick turnaround.

In addition to its insurance plans, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee is actively insuring the health and livelihood of future generations through its green initiatives. Their Chattanooga campus is currently the largest LEED Gold-certified corporate campus in the state and the second largest in the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »

January 6, 2017 RBI Solar Inc

What Goes Into the Cost of a Solar Carport?

  • January 6th, 2017
  • Alicia Auhagen

cost of solar carport

Whether you’re looking to maximize your parking lot, make a visible commitment to sustainability, or take advantage of local clean energy incentives, your carport options are as varied as the reasons for going solar.

Businesses and institutions across the country are increasingly choosing solar canopies to reap the benefits of renewable energy. Before investing in a carport structure, it’s important to determine how much your budget will influence design decisions. For some, cost is a big driver of carport decision making, but others are more motivated by aesthetics. The desired energy output of the system and parking row coverage should also be considered when defining what you’d like to get out of your solar canopies. Read the rest of this entry »