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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 »

March 7, 2017 RBI Solar Inc

Case Study: BCBS Solar Carport in Memphis, TN

  • January 16th, 2017
  • Alicia Auhagen


Blue Cross Blue Shield Memphis solar canopy

Blue Cross Blue Shield, a national health insurance provider, continued to demonstrate its commitment to corporate responsibility and sustainability with a 81.90 kW solar carport at its Memphis, Tennessee facility. Our cost-effective “T”-shaped carport structure was the right solar mounting solution for this budget-driven project, with 4 I-beam columns supporting 252 PV modules.

RBI Solar’s general contractor’s license in Tennessee was used to obtain a business license and permit from Shelby County, TN to construct the carport. In order to keep Blue Cross Blue Shield’s carport project on schedule and within budget, parts of the schedule were condensed and work was performed on weekends to achieve a very quick turnaround.

In addition to its insurance plans, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee is actively ensuring the health and livelihood of future generations through its green initiatives. Their Chattanooga campus is currently the largest LEED Gold-certified corporate campus in the state and the second largest in the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »

December 22, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

Case Studies: Commercial & Institutional Solar Carport Structures

  • October 25th, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

Northampton Community College 

Northampton Community College solar carport structures

 

Location: Pocono Township, PA

Size: 640.5 kW

Angle of tilt: 7.4°

Module: Renesola 305W

Module quantity: 2,100

Finish: galvanized

Foundation type: concrete piers

 

Northampton Community College is one US college that has achieved Gold LEED status. The campus has a wind turbine and geothermal heating system in addition to 640.5 kW solar carports that will provide clean, efficient energy for decades. Energy generated from the solar carport structures powers the equivalent of about 500 homes. With these solar canopies, the vehicles of Northampton Community College students, faculty, staff, and visitors are protected from the elements.

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December 22, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

Metal Roof Solution: Fortifiber Corporation

  • October 10th, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

metal roof solution

Fortifiber Corporation’s Fernley, NV facility manufactures and distributes moisture barrier and energy efficient building products. Now the sustainable products manufacturer has added some green energy to its roof. Read the rest of this entry »

December 22, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

RBI Solar Landfill Case Studies: Tequesquite Landfill

  • March 18th, 2016
  • admin

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.

RBI Solar designed, engineered, and installed a ballasted solar landfill solution for Riverside, CA Read the rest of this entry »