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 »
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 »
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?
Location: Pocono Township, PA
Size: 640.5 kW
Angle of tilt: 7.4°
Module: Renesola 305W
Module quantity: 2,100
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.
For energy solutions provider Alliant Energy, demonstrating a commitment to sustainability and clean energy is an important part of their mission. And their high-profile solar carports stand testament to this mission in front of the company’s headquarters.
Much of the critical work on the carports were done mid-winter in Madison, WI—a city that is no stranger to heavy snows and frigid winter temperatures. Despite these unfavorable conditions, the installation was completed successfully and safely.
Inverted structures were used for the carports to direct rain and snow to a single gutter system. This design helps to avoid large amounts of snow shedding and prevent the possibility of falling snow and ice from injuring those below. A larger clearance height on the outer edge of the carport was chosen to reduce tall vehicle collisions and for aesthetics.
While these covered parking spaces are not the closest to the building’s entrances, they are the first spots to fill up each morning. Alliant Energy employees typically need to arrive an hour early to work to find a space under the protection of the solar canopies. Read the rest of this entry »