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December 22, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

From Solar Farm to Table: the Journey of a Carver, Massachusetts Cranberry

  • November 15th, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

Carver, MA ground mount solar cranberry bog

They’re a Thanksgiving favorite for many and a despised addition for others: the cranberry. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, cranberries are a common tradition of the modern-day holiday feast.

The northeast, Massachusetts in particular, is a heartland for cranberry bogs—over 14,000 acres of them. Even if you can’t partake in one of the popular cranberry bog driving tours, these Massachusetts cranberries may grace your table this year thanks to cranberry-product giant Ocean Spray.

But did you know your Thanksgiving cranberries might have gotten a little extra boost from a solar PV system?

For one Carver, MA family farm, their berries are thriving under an RBI Solar ground mount system. Read the rest of this entry »

December 22, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

Women In Solar: Kristi Wolfe

  • November 11th, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

Kristi Wolfe, RBI Solar, photo by Alicia Auhagen

How did you get started in the solar industry? What attracted you to it?

I have worked in the power industry in one discipline or another for many years. My previous job was in the coal burning energy field, and during that time I saw a definite change from coal to natural gas to solar. I think stricter government regulations and a desire from Americans to have a cleaner energy source have driven the change. I believe the solar energy field has a lot of longevity and will continue to grow as the technology improves. Read the rest of this entry »

December 22, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

Women In Solar: Nicole Brearton

  • November 4th, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

Nicole Brearton, RBI Solar, photo by Alicia Auhagen

How did you get started in the solar industry? What attracted you to it?

My start in the solar industry has been more of a need on the administrative/purchasing side of the business.  I come from a very different educational background than most here at RBI Solar. I have a degree in Social Work/Social Psychology.  My passion is the safety and well-being of children, with particular attention to those who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty.

I became attracted to the solar industry in November of 2015 after stumbling across a documentary about the innovative money exchange in Kenya using a mobile phone-based banking system called M-PESA. Only 4% of Kenya’s remote areas have access to electricity.  Those without electricity rely heavily on Kerosene lamps causing up to 12,000 deaths per year, with a majority of those deaths being children. A company called M-KOPA Solar invented a way to provide inexpensive power to these areas using M-PESA. After watching this documentary the solar industry instantly changed from a cheap and easy way for me to enhance my landscaping at night to a viable solution to enhance the safety and well-being of children all around the world.  Read the rest of this entry »

December 22, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

October Solar Roundup

  • October 31st, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

October solar industry news

What happened in solar this month? Check out these must-read updates from around the industry. Read the rest of this entry »

October 28, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

RBI Solar to Attend BuildingEnergy NYC

  • October 28th, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

RBI Solar to attend BuildingEnergy NYC


RBI Solar will be in attendance at the BuildingEnergy NYC Conference + Trade Show, NYC’s fastest-growing event for professionals and practitioners working on energy efficiency initiatives and high performance buildings.

Hosted by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), this year’s event will be held on November 3rd at the TKP New York Conference Center. Established in 2012 and growing exponentially each year, BuildingEnergy NYC has distinguished itself as the place where New York’s architects, engineers, policy-makers, building operators, realtors, builders, energy professionals, and educators come together to share best practices and biggest challenges, with the end goal of making the buildings and infrastructure of this city even better.

This year’s event is expected to attract nearly 700 solar industry professionals and features sessions on codes & standards, policy, finance, energy strategies, and much more.

We’d love to see you at booth #18 to discuss opportunities for solar mounting systems amid the recent launch of NYC’s ambitious new Energy Code. To register for the event, visit http://nesea.org/conference/buildingenergy-nyc.

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