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Case Studies: Metal Rooftop Solar Solutions for California Wineries and Attractions

  • September 28th, 2016
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Raymond Vineyards Fully Powered with Metal Rooftop Solar System

In the heart of America’s wine region, the Raymonds built their family winery from the ground up, leveraging 35+ years of experience in the winemaking industry. Over 45 years later, the Raymond Vineyards are getting a little extra boost from the sun.

Raymond Vineyards is now the largest 100 percent solar-powered winery in Napa, California, according to utility provider Blue Sky Utility, thanks to a mixed 750kW solar PV system. The solar energy installation features over 50,000 sq ft of solar modules mounted by the RBI Solar MS and VS solutions on the winery’s roofs. A 17,000 sq ft solar canopy also helps reduce the winery’s energy consumption by providing a shaded area that can be utilized during the harvest and for storage of the fermentation tanks. Blue Sky Utility, along with contractor BPI, are responsible for the design, construction, and maintenance of the PV systems.

The 3,123 Talesun 240 watt solar modules are expected to produce over 1.3 million kWh of energy each year, offsetting approximately 990 tons of harmful carbon emissions. read more…»

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

  • September 27th, 2016
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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.

 

RBI Solar Shines at SPI 2016

  • September 20th, 2016
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From a golf tournament, panel discussions, exhibitors from every corner of the industry, and a solar block party, Solar Power International (SPI) 2016 was a conference to remember. In the heart of Las Vegas, thousands of solar professionals and enthusiasts gathered to discuss the future of solar and the latest happenings in the industry.

We were thrilled to be among the exhibitors, with 17 RBI Solar team members in attendance for the event. read more…»

Solar FAQ: Can I put solar on my home if my roof doesn’t face south?

  • September 7th, 2016
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Here in the northern hemisphere, it is commonly advised that the best direction for solar modules to face is south. This is because your modules would, in theory, receive the most direct sunlight. But of course, not all rooftops are oriented this way. So what are your solar PV options for a non south-facing roof? read more…»

These Cities are #Readyfor100–How’d They Do It?

  • August 22nd, 2016
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In a recently released report, the Sierra Club highlights 10 cities across the US that have made commitments to be fully powered by clean energy sources. (Note: their definition of clean energy does not include carbon-based energy or nuclear energy.) Out of the 10 cities described, 4 have already met their 100% clean energy goal.

So how’d they do it?

No two paths to 100% renewable energy are the same, but there are some common factors that have helped these cities make and meet their goals. Here’s our take on the Sierra Club’s 10 case studies. read more…»