It’s been a good year for solar. Jobs are on the rise. Over one million solar systems have been installed across the country. Innovations continue to wow the world (floatovoltaics, solar flowers, and a solar plane to name a few).
As we push forward toward a clean energy future, we must constantly assess and improve upon our processes, our technology, and our methods of communicating the value of solar and sustainability to the public. While not all-inclusive, the recent publication of Solar Power World’s Top 500 Solar Contractors report offers a glimpse into the current state of the industry and the direction we are heading. There’s much to be gained from assessing the key players and sectors of the industry that have pulled ahead—and those that are falling behind. Read the rest of this entry »
The Cincinnati Police Department has opened a new location for the District 3 headquarters. The new facility will incorporate a 273 module solar canopy to show the local community’s focus to consume renewable energy. The District 3 police station is a “NetZero” facility, meaning it consumes only energy that is produced on-site. Beyond using less than 50% of the energy required by facilities serving a similar purpose, the station has also received LEED platinum certification. Read the rest of this entry »
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has prided itself as being one of the greenest zoos in America. Being a staple in the city since 1875, the zoo has put forth several green initiatives, transforming its daily operations to reduce its impact on the environment. Recognizing the importance of energy efficiency, the zoo has publicly committed to building new projects to LEED standards. To date, there are seven buildings on the premises with LEED certification; more than any other zoo in the country.
Collaborating with RBI Solar, the Cincinnati Zoo’s latest renewable energy project was a 1.5 MW solar canopy to welcome patrons at the Vine Street entrance. The structure was installed with a truss design with a powder coat over epoxy finish. This solar structure is one of the country’s largest solar projects in an urban setting. Read the rest of this entry »
The ballpark of the Somerset Patriots is now one of the most environmentally friendly facilities in all of minor league baseball. An initiative of Somerset County to reduce their carbon footprint has shown a continued respect and commitment to all those that live and work in Somerset County, New Jersey. A bi-directional meter was put it on the site, since most of the ballpark’s consumption is used at night, as the panels harvest energy during the day. Consequently, this means the utility meter will spin backwards during the day with the production of power from the modules, and forward at night during baseball games. Read the rest of this entry »
With RBI’s 80+ years of experience in commercial design-build of specialty structures, RBI Solar has become a single-source provider for all aspects of solar racking solutions. With a project based approach, RBI’s solar canopy offering is designed and engineered to create the most cost effective and efficient solution to fit the specific project needs of our customers. Our canopy enhancements can provide complete, reliable protection from the effects of rain, snow, ice and sun, year after year. Read the rest of this entry »