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.
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.
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.
Freshly painted, the steel frames shown fully assembled.
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.
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.