As the solar industry continues to grow, so do the number of solar companies and installers. You might be looking at your options wondering “how do I choose the right partners?” The good news is you’re asking the right question. Your solar team should be just that—a partnership. Going solar is a big decision, and like any major-league life change, you want the right team at your side. Here are a few tips for selecting the best players for your solar team. Read the rest of this entry »
When it comes to safe and efficient solar PV systems, having the proper balance of system (BOS) is critical. BOS includes components like the solar mounting system, solar inverters, and wiring. Choosing the right location for posts and other BOS parts can help save time, increase installation efficiency, and reduce the overall cost of your PV system.
Because engineering requirements restrict trenching and excavation within 3 feet of a structural post without the proper replacement and compaction of original soil material, RBI Solar offers multiple options for mounting inverters and BOS components that alleviate this concern. Read the rest of this entry »
A local public utility in Riverside, California transformed a 20-acre landfill into a resource for renewable energy. The 21,600 solar panel array produces over 7 MW of AC power for the local populous. Helping power over 1,600 homes in the area, this array is one of the largest municipal solar projects in the state of California. The system is estimated to offset more than 4 percent of the city’s power consumption, and it’s the initial phase of the city’s push towards having a 100 MW clean energy portfolio.
RBI Solar was responsible for designing, engineering and installing the ballasted ground mount system on the job site. The ballast blocks were fabricated at a local precaster and pre-assembled for on-site delivery. The steady delivery of the precast ballasts were able to reduce the amount of time allocated to labor and keep the project on schedule. The customer provided gravel rock bedding for the ballasts to increase their sliding coefficient.
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 »