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RBI Solar Canopy Case Studies: High End Attractions

  • March 11th, 2016
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Cincinnati Zoo Solar Canopy Solution

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.

Location: Cincinnati, OH
Size: 1.5 MW
Angle of Tilt: 7.5º
Module: SolarWorld 245 (6,124 modules)
Foundation Type: Concrete Piers

Fremont, CA Solar Canopy Solution

The City of Fremont has been making a positive impact on the local community with a strong movement towards renewable energy.  The Regional Renewable Energy Procurement Program has made it possible for Bay Area cities such as Fremont to fund solar projects. Fremont’s waterpark attraction proved to be an ideal attraction point for the city’s green energy initiative. The solar canopy will be a part of the renewable efforts, which will offset 14 percent of the city’s electricity consumption for all municipal operations. This will also reduce Fremont’s greenhouse gas impact by 5%.

RBI Solar’s contribution to this keeping this program was designing and installing a 226kW canopy. The CP-T structure was designed with raised concrete piers and coated with an epoxy finish. As an added bonus, the canopy structure will provide shading for the waterpark patrons’ vehicles during the warm summer months.


Location: Fremont, CA
Size: 226 kW
Angle of Tilt: 7° Fixed
Module: SunEdison F330ByC (672 modules)
Foundation Type: Raised Concrete Pier

Future Case Studies will include the following institutions:
• Municipalities/Utilities
• Private Ventures
For further information on RBI Solar and our various product offerings, please stop by booth #2336 at the National Facilities Management & Tech Conference from March 22-24 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.

Please contract Kevin Ward (kward@rbisolar.com) or visit our carport page for additional information.