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December 22, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

Case Study: Huntsville, AL Facility Saves Big with Solar Mounting Solution for Metal Roof

  • August 8th, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

Service Steel’s Huntsville, AL facility–home to its heavy duty welding, material handling, and administrative operations—now sports three solar arrays on its pitched trapezoidal sheet metal roof. Ace, LLC Solar, based in Pulaski, TN, selected the rail-less RBI Solar MS system as the mounting solution for Service Steel’s PV system.

The 148.2 kW solar system is expected to reduce Service Steel’s annual utility cost by approximately 90%, bringing their annual energy savings to $35,000. Over the expected thirty-five-year life of the roof mount system, Service Steel will offset over 4,742 metric tons of carbon dioxide—an amount equal to 5,093,383 pounds of coal that will never be burned. Read the rest of this entry »

December 22, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

Solar FAQ: Going Solar for Homeowners

  • August 1st, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

getting rooftop solar for homeowners

Question: How much can I really expect to save with solar?

There are many different factors that go into estimating your solar savings. A few important ones include the following:

  • Your state’s policies: Some states offer significant tax credits, incentives, and rebates to homeowners who install solar. These offerings change frequently, so make sure you check the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) for your state.
  • Federal Investment Tax Credit (FITC): This tax credit applies to all 50 states and affects each equally. With this credit, you can use 30% of the cost of your solar PV system to reduce your federal income tax.
  • Your energy usage: Before installing a solar system, you’ll need to assess your energy usage. Getting a PV system that meets all of your energy needs can bring you significant savings over time. But even if your system does not meet 100% of your energy needs, you can still utilize electricity from the grid in many states. Check your state’s utility rates first—some utilities charge homeowners who use less energy a higher rate. Other states offer a lower rate to those who use less energy.
  • How you pay for your PV system: Buying your solar system outright typically offers the best long-term savings, but for many homeowners, this is not an option. Purchasing a solar system does require a decent amount of capital, but you are not paying any interest through a loan or lease and you have access to nearly all available tax incentives.

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December 22, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

Solar FAQ: Debunking Solar Energy Myths

  • July 25th, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

Frequently asked questions about rooftop solar energy 

Question: If the sun is not out, will I have no power?

The primary requirement for a solar PV system to work is UV light. Direct light works best, but solar modules can still operate with indirect light. Clouds and rain are not opaque barriers through which light cannot get through, meaning sunlight can reflect or partially break through the clouds and reach the rooftop solar energy system. Solar systems are able to operate at night and at other times when the sun is not directly shining on the solar modules because the system harvests and stores unused energy for future use. Read the rest of this entry »

December 22, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

Solar FAQ: What You Need to Know About Solar Energy

  • July 18th, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

Frequently asked questions about residential solar

Question: Is solar energy even relevant?

Absolutely! And now more than ever. With the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement, hundreds of countries around the world have committed to reducing their carbon emission output. Solar plays a big role in these reduction goals by swapping sources of carbon-emitting energy like coal and other fossil fuels, which contribute to the warming of the planet, with sources of non-carbon emitting energy. Because solar photovoltaic (PV) systems do not emit carbon pollution, they are a great option for meeting our world’s renewable energy goals. Read the rest of this entry »

August 9, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

Infographic: What You Need to Know Before Getting Rooftop Solar

  • July 6th, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

 

what  you need to know before getting rooftop solar