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Explore RBI Solar Mounting Systems at Intersolar 2013

  • July 3rd, 2013
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Ohio-based solar racking manufacturer, RBI Solar, Inc., is exhibiting at Intersolar 2013. Three days of innovation, education, networking and exhibits start July 9, and run through July 11, 2013, at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA. RBI’s engineers, technical specialists, and executives will be on hand to answer your questions about solar mounting systems.

All the RBI Solar racking systems are designed by a team of qualified engineers and designers to real site conditions and fabricated in a state-of-the-art facility. Along with providing a perfect solar mounting system, RBI also offers installation of racking products at a very competitive cost. RBI’s skilled crew is equipped with high-tech post driving machines and certified operators.

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Meet RBI Solar, Manufacturer of Solar Mounting Systems, at Intersolar 2013

  • June 28th, 2013
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RBI Solar (Booth #L300)

RBI Solar, Inc. is exhibiting at Intersolar North America July 09-11, 2013, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA. Be sure to visit RBI Solar (Booth #L300), in the ‘Solar Racking/Mounting’ section located on the third floor of the Moscone Center.

RBI Solar is a single source provider for solar mounting systems with turnkey solutions for design, engineering, fabrication and installation. RBI designs solar racking for site-specific conditions that result in optimally engineered products at very competitive costs.

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New Addition to the Engineering Team of RBI Solar Mounting Systems

  • June 27th, 2013
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Cincinnati, OH: RBI Solar, Inc. (“RBI”) welcomes Nick Allen, EIT, to the solar team. Nick has a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a M.S. in Structural Engineering from the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, University of Louisville, KY. Nick joins the team as a Structural Engineer, but also assists in field operations, estimating, and project management.

“Nick’s experience as a project engineer and project manager has given him real-world exposure to adjust and apply engineering designs and construction methods to the different site and loadingconditions that we see every day on ground mount solar and roof mount solar racking structures,” said Mike Slack, Engineering Manager, RBI Solar. “We are proud to have Nick as part of the RBI Solar team and his fresh perspective on solar racking structures has allowed him to step right in to RBI’s continuing efforts to improve on engineering designs and provide the most robust, yet cost-effective, racking solution for your solar projects.”

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Solar Power Loves Garbage

  • May 24th, 2013
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Solar Industry

When people think of renewable energy and buried waste, they think of Massachusetts. Or at least they might, as the state has been active lately in helping municipalities build solar farms on landfills.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), there are currently 39 solar-on-landfill projects permitted by the agency that will produce a total of more than 78 MW of energy. (There are also two wind projects generating 3.6 MW of energy.) Some of the projects are complete, and several are under construction.

Other states, such as California and New York, have built solar projects on landfills, but Massachusetts has been especially enthusiastic over the past few years. In 2010, the state approved what was reportedly the first post-closure use permit for solar for the 2 MW Greenfield Solar Field on a landfill in Greenfield, Mass.

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Advice From Solar Racking Manufacturers

  • May 24th, 2013
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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.