RRS Headquarters Goes Green!

The finished solar panel array provides enough renewable energy to completely power our 19,000 sq/ft headquarters.

Really Right Stuff is committed to doing our part to protect the environment. In an effort to reduce our footprint and save on increasing energy costs, RRS headquarters installed a full solar panel array, and as of March 2015, we are now running 100% (on average) on renewable solar energy! The installation project was performed by a San Luis Obispo based leader in the solar energy market – REC Solar.

From start to finish the project took nearly four weeks to complete. That included a one week delay while the installation crew brought in a large Auger to drill the nearly 15 feet deep holes in our extremely rocky California soil. Once the foundations were drilled, and the steel beams were reinforced and cemented in place, the project sped along without a pause.

Check out the photos below to see the construction progress and the finished project!

 

 

Rec Solar needed to bring in an extra large drilling machine operated by a three man crew in order to drill the 2'x15' holes in our rocky soil.

Rec Solar needed to bring in an extra large drilling machine operated by a three man crew in order to drill the 2’x15′ holes in our rocky soil.

Extra reinforcing steel was needed for all of the foundations.

Extra reinforcing steel was needed for all of the foundations.

Installing the rebar was a tricky task and required both manual and mechanical guides to install.

Installing the rebar was a tricky task and required both manual and mechanical guides to install.

Once the holes were drilled and the rebar was in place, the steel beams were all put into place in less than a day.

Once the holes were drilled and the rebar was in place, the steel beams were all put into place in less than a day.

A special vibrating probe was used to help settle the concrete as it was being pumped into the foundations.

A special vibrating probe was used to help settle the concrete as it was being pumped into the foundations.

Freshly painted, the steel frames shown fully assembled.

Freshly painted, the steel frames shown fully assembled.

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Each of the solar panels are daisy-chained together and then tied into a charge controller before sending the freshly generated electricity to a large battery bank, and then to a power converter to change the power from DC to AC.

Each of the solar panels are daisy-chained together and then tied into a charge controller before sending the freshly generated electricity to a large battery bank, and then to a power converter to change the power from DC to AC.

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The finished solar panel array provides enough renewable energy to completely power our 19,000 sq/ft headquarters.

The finished solar panel array provides enough renewable energy to completely power our 19,000 sq/ft headquarters.

As our energy needs expand, we have room to add additional solar panels to our full array. At our current usage, the solar panels should pay for themselves after only eight or nine years.

As our energy needs expand, we have room to add additional solar panels to our full array. At our current usage, the solar panels should pay for themselves after only eight or nine years.

 

 

19 Comments

  1. Ken Sklute says:

    Awesome! I hope that many other companies will follow in your footsteps!

  2. I see you actually installed a battery storage system. Does that support the whole facility or just some limited loads?

    • Jim @ RRS says:

      Hi Gregory,

      The battery system just stores the power for the DC/AC conversion – it powers our whole facility when running at peak efficiency, and extra is fed back to the grid to offset our use during the non-peak solar seasons.

  3. So in line with going green this way, does this signal the end of the printed catalogs? As much as I enjoy thumbing through them, has the time come to just make it an ebook/epub/pdf and be done with the print version?

  4. Salvatore A. Falco says:

    As a retired Architect, I commend you for what you are doing for the environment. The construction looks like it is “first class” just like the products that RRS manufactures. Keep up the good work.

  5. Ken McAfee says:

    Very nice. 1st class, just like all of your equipment. Who gets the shaded parking spots now???

  6. I love the idea of the shelter for vehicles. A cooler car is always nicer to get into. Looks like a very sharp design just like your products.

  7. Scott Lefler says:

    Beautiful. Your timing of the installation was impeccable to get the green hills around SLO in the background of the last image. It reminds me of my days at Cal Poly…

  8. TIIm Skilton says:

    How many panels? How many KWs
    Solar panels are popular here in Australia. We have a 20 panel 5KW system on our house and workshop. Our power costs are only a couple of hundred dollars per year. In summer we have a credit but in winter use more than we generate.

  9. Paul Griffin says:

    Guys,

    A fantastic achievement and one that hopefully more organizations will consider.

  10. Colin Elliott says:

    Great decision.
    We all need to be on board with converting/utilising solar energy.

  11. Bob Altic says:

    Congratulations, another work of excellence from a company that makes thoughtful, high quality equipment. Thank you for doing your part in helping preserve our environment.

  12. Chuck Thurber says:

    Congratulations on an excellent idea (GREEN, nicer parking lot for those HOT summer days, payback in 5ish years, great demonstration of leadership). As hard as I can, I have pushed my current employer to get solar panels installed. We have an excellent site, with lots of (strong) roof space, no blocking structures, a Solar Company across the street who has enticed us with huge discounts & lots of employee support. But payback of 5-6 years is too long, according to our Electrical Engineering CEO (best friend for 30+ years). He buys things with payback of 3 years or less, but does not get the GREAT PUBLICITY we would get from adding them. Such short sightedness!!! The lifetime monetary gains is outstanding.

    Again, I am proud and happy to be using your outstanding products and now I have something else to brag about.

  13. Wendell Loupe says:

    Wonderful, LOVE it.
    Perfect… for a company that makes perfect products.

  14. Don Hiscock says:

    Nice job!

  15. Bob Morse says:

    Well done!
    It matters to me.

  16. Using the solar panels in the car parking is a fantastic idea when compared to the installation of solar panels on the roof as it will require a lot of changes to be done during the process. Also receiving enough sunlight will not be a challenge as there are not much trees around the parking( I am looking at the images & guessing LOL) . I have a simple question, when does your initial investment get paid by the power produced ?

  17. Jamal says:

    it’s really amazing blog post !

  18. Typical of California! Leading the nation with green energy savings! Do you have hail in your area? What will that do to the panels?

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