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March 7, 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 ensuring 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 »

December 22, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

Case Studies: Commercial & Institutional Solar Carport Structures

  • October 25th, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

Northampton Community College 

Northampton Community College solar carport structures

 

Location: Pocono Township, PA

Size: 640.5 kW

Angle of tilt: 7.4°

Module: Renesola 305W

Module quantity: 2,100

Finish: galvanized

Foundation type: concrete piers

 

Northampton Community College is one US college that has achieved Gold LEED status. The campus has a wind turbine and geothermal heating system in addition to 640.5 kW solar carports that will provide clean, efficient energy for decades. Energy generated from the solar carport structures powers the equivalent of about 500 homes. With these solar canopies, the vehicles of Northampton Community College students, faculty, staff, and visitors are protected from the elements.

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October 4, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

Energy Solutions Provider Alliant Energy Makes Visible Commitment to Sustainability

  • October 3rd, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

solar carport Madison, WI

For energy solutions provider Alliant Energy, demonstrating a commitment to sustainability and clean energy is an important part of their mission. And their high-profile solar carports stand testament to this mission in front of the company’s headquarters.

Much of the critical work on the carports were done mid-winter in Madison, WI—a city that is no stranger to heavy snows and frigid winter temperatures. Despite these unfavorable conditions, the installation was completed successfully and safely.

Inverted structures were used for the carports to direct rain and snow to a single gutter system. This design helps to avoid large amounts of snow shedding and prevent the possibility of falling snow and ice from injuring those below. A larger clearance height on the outer edge of the carport was chosen to reduce tall vehicle collisions and for aesthetics.

While these covered parking spaces are not the closest to the building’s entrances, they are the first spots to fill up each morning. Alliant Energy employees typically need to arrive an hour early to work to find a space under the protection of the solar canopies. Read the rest of this entry »

October 4, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

5 Keys to a Successful Solar Carport Project Detailed in Solar Builder Feature

  • September 27th, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

Somerset Patriots solar carport

At RBI Solar, we’ve learned a thing or two about designing and constructing a solar carport that is both aesthetically pleasing and efficient. From sports teams, zoos, police stations, and family attractions, we’ve designed carport structures in a variety of styles across the country.

Along the way, we’ve advanced and continue to hone our processes to minimize obstacles and maximize the efficiency of our carport structures.

You can find some of these development strategies in Solar Builder magazine’s September/October feature titled “Park-onomics”. In this feature, you’ll find several keys from our structural engineer and project manager Mike Slack to make your solar carport project a success, including site conditions and project phasing.

To read the “Park-onomics” feature in full, subscribe to the digital or print addition of Solar Builder magazine here.