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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 »

October 4, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

Solar FAQ: Can I put solar on my home if my roof doesn’t face south?

  • September 7th, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

solar on non-south facing rooftop solar

Here in the northern hemisphere, it is commonly advised that the best direction for solar modules to face is south. This is because your modules would, in theory, receive the most direct sunlight. But of course, not all rooftops are oriented this way. So what are your solar PV options for a non south-facing roof? Read the rest of this entry »

December 22, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

Solar FAQ: Going Solar for Homeowners

  • August 1st, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

getting rooftop solar for homeowners

Question: How much can I really expect to save with solar?

There are many different factors that go into estimating your solar savings. A few important ones include the following:

  • Your state’s policies: Some states offer significant tax credits, incentives, and rebates to homeowners who install solar. These offerings change frequently, so make sure you check the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) for your state.
  • Federal Investment Tax Credit (FITC): This tax credit applies to all 50 states and affects each equally. With this credit, you can use 30% of the cost of your solar PV system to reduce your federal income tax.
  • Your energy usage: Before installing a solar system, you’ll need to assess your energy usage. Getting a PV system that meets all of your energy needs can bring you significant savings over time. But even if your system does not meet 100% of your energy needs, you can still utilize electricity from the grid in many states. Check your state’s utility rates first—some utilities charge homeowners who use less energy a higher rate. Other states offer a lower rate to those who use less energy.
  • How you pay for your PV system: Buying your solar system outright typically offers the best long-term savings, but for many homeowners, this is not an option. Purchasing a solar system does require a decent amount of capital, but you are not paying any interest through a loan or lease and you have access to nearly all available tax incentives.

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