RBI Solar is proud to have manufactured and installed the racking of the first solar electric system in the city of St. Bernard, Ohio. RBI Solar produces commercial and utility-scale racks for solar electric modules. RBI Solar has shipped more than 80 MW of solar racking in the past two years. “RBI SOLAR is proud to offset some of our electricity consumption with this array,” General Manager Bill Vietas said, “and we look forward to future growth with more projects in Ohio.”
The solar electric array includes products from many leading component manufacturers that have frequently been utilized in conjunction with RBI Solar racking. Several partners participated in supplying the equipment for this project. The twenty 275 Wp modules were provided by Suntech Power. The inverter, disconnecting combiner and datalogger all came from Solectria Renewables, a Massachusetts-based inverter manufacturer. “I have had relationships for many years with great suppliers such as Solectria, Burndy, Wiley, Heyco and Kris-Tech Wire, whose equipment was used on this project” said James Cormican of RBI Solar.
The array will offset about 1 percent of the manufacturing plant’s annual consumption, or roughly offset the consumption of 1 energy efficient home. The 5.5-kW array will serve as a training tool for installers as well as for classes on solar electricity.
RBI Solar manufactures ground-mount, ballasted roof-mount and ballasted landfill solar racking at its 120,000 sq. ft manufacturing facility in St. Bernard, Ohio. In the past 3 years, RBI Solar has grown its workforce by 13, recently adding four jobs in the past 6 months.
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