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Industry News: NREL Report Says Nearly 40% of U.S. Electricity Could Come from Roof Mount Solar

  • April 13th, 2016
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According to a recently released report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, almost 40 percent of U.S. electricity could come from rooftop solar. This three year study, which looked only at the potential of rooftop photovoltaics, indicated that rooftop solar was capable of 1,118 gigawatts—almost double their 2008 estimate of 664 gigawatts. These numbers reflect the overall growth of the solar industry and point to new advancements in solar mounting that make rooftop solar an efficient energy solution for many. read more…»

RBI Solar Landfill Case Studies: Tequesquite Landfill

  • March 18th, 2016
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A local public utility in Riverside, California transformed a 20-acre landfill into a resource for renewable energy. The 21,600 solar panel array produces over 7 MW of AC power for the local populous. Helping power over 1,600 homes in the area, this array is one of the largest municipal solar projects in the state of California. The system is estimated to offset more than 4 percent of the city’s power consumption, and it’s the initial phase of the city’s push towards having a 100 MW clean energy portfolio.

RBI Solar was responsible for designing, engineering and installing the ballasted ground mount system on the job site. The ballast blocks were fabricated at a local precaster and pre-assembled for on-site delivery. The steady delivery of the precast ballasts were able to reduce the amount of time allocated to labor and keep the project on schedule. The customer provided gravel rock bedding for the ballasts to increase their sliding coefficient.

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RBI Solar Landfill Case Studies: Parklands Landfill

  • March 18th, 2016
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One of New Jersey’s largest public utility companies tasked RBI Solar with designing and engineering a ballasted landfill solution for Parklands Landfill in Bordentown, NJ. The property is part of New Jersey’s Solar 4 All program; which aimed to bring 125 MW of renewable solar energy to the state. The Parklands landfill will generate over 10 megawatts of clean energy and help power over 1,500 homes in the surrounding area.

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RBI Solar Canopy Case Studies: High End Attractions

  • March 11th, 2016
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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 more…»

RBI Solar Canopy Case Studies: Professional Sports Teams

  • March 3rd, 2016
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Somerset Patriots Solar Canopy Solution

The ballpark of the Somerset Patriots is now one of the most environmentally friendly facilities in all of minor league baseball. An initiative of Somerset County to reduce their carbon footprint has shown a continued respect and commitment to all those that live and work in Somerset County, New Jersey. A bi-directional meter was put it on the site, since most of the ballpark’s consumption is used at night, as the panels harvest energy during the day. Consequently, this means the utility meter will spin backwards during the day with the production of power from the modules, and forward at night during baseball games. read more…»