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October 4, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

Case Studies: Metal Rooftop Solar Solutions for California Wineries and Attractions

  • September 28th, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

Rooftop solar solution for metal roof

Raymond Vineyards Fully Powered with Metal Rooftop Solar System

In the heart of America’s wine region, the Raymonds built their family winery from the ground up, leveraging 35+ years of experience in the winemaking industry. Over 45 years later, the Raymond Vineyards are getting a little extra boost from the sun.

Raymond Vineyards is now the largest 100 percent solar-powered winery in Napa, California, according to utility provider Blue Sky Utility, thanks to a mixed 750kW solar PV system. The solar energy installation features over 50,000 sq ft of solar modules mounted by the RBI Solar MS and VS solutions on the winery’s roofs. A 17,000 sq ft solar canopy also helps reduce the winery’s energy consumption by providing a shaded area that can be utilized during the harvest and for storage of the fermentation tanks. Blue Sky Utility, along with contractor BPI, are responsible for the design, construction, and maintenance of the PV systems.

The 3,123 Talesun 240 watt solar modules are expected to produce over 1.3 million kWh of energy each year, offsetting approximately 990 tons of harmful carbon emissions. 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.

 

December 22, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

RBI Solar Shines at SPI 2016

  • September 20th, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

RBI Solar attends Solar Power International 2016

From a golf tournament, panel discussions, exhibitors from every corner of the industry, and a solar block party, Solar Power International (SPI) 2016 was a conference to remember. In the heart of Las Vegas, thousands of solar professionals and enthusiasts gathered to discuss the future of solar and the latest happenings in the industry.

We were thrilled to be among the exhibitors, with 17 RBI Solar team members in attendance for the event. 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 »

October 12, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

5 Reasons to Visit RBI Solar at SPI

  • September 1st, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

Why visit RBI Solar at SPI 2016

It’s not long now until thousands of solar professionals and advocates fill the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center for Solar Power International 2016. And with over 600 exhibitors attending this year’s conference, there’s much to do and see over the course of the show.

So what makes our booth worth your time?

  1. Our next generation ground mount—the latest affordable innovation in utility-scale solar mounting solutions—will be available for viewing and demonstrations.
  2. Whether you’re interested in a ground mount, carport, roof mount, or landfill, we’ve got a solar mounting solution for you.
  3. We’re your one stop shop for solar racking. As a single-source provider, we handle your mounting solution from start to finish, whether your project is commercial, utility-scale, or residential.
  4. Worried about snow loads, high winds, or uneven soils causing problems for your solar project? Our in-house engineering team can help find a solution for your specific site.
  5. Any state, any time—we design, engineer, and install solar mounting systems in all 50 states.

 

RBI Solar engineers, technical specialists, executives, and sales team members will be on hand at booth #811 to answer all your solar mounting questions. We’d love to talk solar with you!