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February 15, 2017 RBI Solar Inc

Meet the Big Green Machines—An RBI Solar Icon

  • February 13th, 2017
  • Alicia Auhagen

RBI Solar installation

GRT. Green machine. Big green. Call them what you will, these post-driving machines are a sight to behold. For those familiar with our company and our work, RBI Solar ground mount projects in progress are hard to miss—painted in iconic RBI green, our GRTs are brightly visible as they work their way across the landscape.

So what are these green beasts and how do they bring your solar racking project to life? Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

January 20, 2017 RBI Solar Inc

Massachusetts Island Famous for Relaxation Discovers Solar Peace of Mind

  • January 18th, 2017
  • Alicia Auhagen

Ground mount solar on island

Cuttyhunk Island—a mile and a half stretch of land at the outermost band of Massachusetts’ Elizabethan Islands—is home to a single school, many bed & breakfasts, and little more than 50 permanent residents. The population can swell into the hundreds in the summer as tourists and travelers flock to this quaint little New England island for fishing and relaxation.

Everything that comes to the island, from food to fuel, must be transported via boat or barge. For barges, that’s a three hour drive from the mainland.

Being so far away from mainland Massachusetts, it made sense for Cuttyhunk Island to have an inexhaustible source of energy in the form of solar PV. Read the rest of this entry »

December 22, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

RBI Solar Canopy Case Studies: High End Attractions

  • March 11th, 2016
  • admin

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. Read the rest of this entry »

July 17, 2015 RBI Solar Inc

Advice From Solar Racking Manufacturers

  • May 24th, 2013
  • admin

RBI Solar Mounting Solutions

Make sure your racking system for large-scale installations is the full package.

A good solar racking system for large-scale installations should have the following features:

  • Fewer Posts – Reduced number of posts leads to faster installation.
  • Self-grounded Utility – scale racking should be ETL classified to UL 2703.
  • Built-in Wire Management – This reduces the cost of wire management devices.
  • Pre-assembled – Fast on-site installation happens with pre-assembled components.
  • String Sizes – A good racking system should accommodate various string sizes.
  • Individual Design – Projects should be individually designed to meet local building code requirements.
  • Foundation Options – Different foundation options should be available to install the racking.
  • Total Cost – Racking cost should include all components including cost of design/complete engineering, posts, racks, mounting hardware, freight to the job site and installation of posts/racks.
  • Options – Often installation options offered by the racking manufacturer are economical, as they have highly skilled construction crews that install nothing but solar racking.