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RTI International Unveils First Ever Solar Project

Yes Solar Solutions installed RTI International’s first-ever solar project in the form of a 268 kW parking garage solar canopy on the Holden Building. The array spans 13,700 square feet across 57 parking spaces.

Energy Production and Cost Savings

The array will generate around 342,000 kWh of clean electricity every year. That’s enough energy to power all the electric vehicle charging stations on the deck and reduce the building’s utility bill by over $25,000 in the first year!

The system features 484 bi-facial panels. Bi-facial panels can capture sunlight from above and below, maximizing energy absorption.

“And I would love if everyone, if you have a white car, highly reflective, please park that up on the roof,” said John Nichols, RTI Senior Manager of Sustainability.

This project reflects the institute’s commitment to carbon reduction and environmental stewardship. The solar canopy will prevent over 220,000 pounds of CO2 emissions annually. This amount is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by 119 acres of U.S. forests.

Did we mention the solar canopy doubles as a covered event space? The official ribbon-cutting for the project took place under the new solar canopy on the Summer Solstice!

Addressing the climate crisis is a top priority at RTI. This priority is what led the organization to solar and they don’t plan to stop there.

“This canopy also marks the future of solar at RTI – planting a flag in a highly visible location that will generate excitement among staff and visitors alike, signaling our plans to do even more in the future,” said Harold Hicks, Vice President of RTI Global Real Estate.

Thank you, RTI International, for this fantastic partnership. It is important to showcase the incredible work achieved when we think big and stay rooted in our local community! The project was made possible with the help of  Dixie Construction, Terrasmart, and Chamberlain Electrical Services LLC.

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