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October 4, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

5 Keys to a Successful Solar Carport Project Detailed in Solar Builder Feature

  • September 27th, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

Somerset Patriots solar carport

At RBI Solar, we’ve learned a thing or two about designing and constructing a solar carport that is both aesthetically pleasing and efficient. From sports teams, zoos, police stations, and family attractions, we’ve designed carport structures in a variety of styles across the country.

Along the way, we’ve advanced and continue to hone our processes to minimize obstacles and maximize the efficiency of our carport structures.

You can find some of these development strategies in Solar Builder magazine’s September/October feature titled “Park-onomics”. In this feature, you’ll find several keys from our structural engineer and project manager Mike Slack to make your solar carport project a success, including site conditions and project phasing.

To read the “Park-onomics” feature in full, subscribe to the digital or print addition of Solar Builder magazine here.


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 »

December 22, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

Solar Installations Surpass New Natural Gas Plants for First Time in U.S. History

  • February 29th, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

Why this is a Big Moment for Solar Energy

solar installation

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released a report on February 22, 2016 regarding new energy sources built in the U.S. in 2015. According to the report, more new solar PV systems were installed than natural gas plants across the country for the first time in history.

For a nation that has historically relied on coal, natural gas, and other fossil fuels, this is a big moment for several reasons. 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.
July 17, 2015 RBI Solar Inc

How Racking and Mounting Make Perfect Cents

  • March 28th, 2013
  • admin

March 28, 2013 | 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT | Duration: 60 Minutes
How Racking and Mounting Make
Perfect Cents (And Dollars, Too)

In the intensely competitive world of solar installations, the size of your profit margin could depend on the speed, ease and durability of your racking-and-mounting system.Solar Power World has asked experts from around the industry to give us their insights into how racking-and-mounting systems can help you do your job more effectively and improve your profits.Attend this webinar to learn:

  • How racking-and-mounting systems are designed – with you in mind
  • How the ease of installation can affect labor costs
  • How the choice of a racking solution directly affects the profitability and reputation of an installer

All Registrants will Receive the Video & Slides

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Brian Wildes
President, Founder
Ecolibrium Solar

Bill Vietas
General Manager
RBI Solar

Adam Brescia
Regional Sales Manager
HatiCon Solar


Frank Andorka
Editorial Director
Solar Power World