RRC Employee SPOTLIGHT: Eric Faulkner

At RRC, our employees are as distinct as our offerings. We want to place a SPOTLIGHT on one of our talented, diverse, and experienced staff members. Meet Eric Faulkner, Survey Crew Chief out of our Hobbs, NM office!

 

RRC Employee SPOTLIGHT: Coy Prescott

At RRC, our employees are as distinct as our offerings. We want to place a SPOTLIGHT on one of our talented, diverse, and experienced staff members. Meet Coy Prescott, Lead Technician from our CMT Group out of Round Rock, TX.

 

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RRC Employee SPOTLIGHT: Nick Poole

At RRC, our employees are as distinct as our offerings. We want to place a SPOTLIGHT on one of our talented, diverse, and experienced staff members. Meet Nick Poole, RRC Field Coordinator and Geologist!

 

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RRC Employee SPOTLIGHT: Nicole Wehner

At RRC, our employees are as distinct as our offerings. We want to place a SPOTLIGHT on one of our talented, diverse, and experienced staff members. Meet Nicole Wehner, PE, an RRC Electrical Project Engineer and the Tualatin, OR Operations Manager.

 

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5 Quick Steps to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint Today

Happy Earth Day!

Let’s admit it. Our lives are hectic. There’s barely enough time in the day to get the recommended 8 hours of sleep, much less to examine our everyday routines for improvement. Luckily, Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to reflect and create crucial changes. Established in 1970, Earth Day is an international event dedicated to protecting the environment.

Here at RRC, we believe making small changes can make a large impact. Join us in recognizing our carbon footprints and finding quick, simple ways to improve. Make a commitment to change 5 areas in your daily routine that can reduce your carbon footprint today. Eventually, they’ll become part of your newly improved, eco-conscious routine.

Here are 5 quick steps to reduce your carbon footprint today:
1. Unplug: Your electronics and charging cords use energy even when not in use. Unplug them!
2. Use the elements: Try a clothes line instead of the machine to dry your wash.
3. Go paperless: Switch to electronic bills, newspaper, and/or magazine subscriptions.
4. Organic: Use local, organic produce to reduce shipping waste.
5. Consciously use less: Take a shorter shower. Buy less new items. Give up meat for one day a week. Buy only what you need.

Beyond the above 5, there are many ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Something as simple as changing a lightbulb can make a difference. Try something new this Earth Day!

RRC Blood Drive – Maple Grove, MN

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Join the RRC Maple Grove, MN office June 14th from 8-11 AM for their annual RRC Blood Drive! Make an appointment by visiting https://www.mbcherohub.club/ and entering sponsor code 4040. Walk ins are welcome!

Step up to the plate and give blood Memorial Blood Centers is teaming up with the Minnesota Twins to give blood donors a chance to win premium Minnesota Twins tickets! All presenting donors from May 25 –  June 30 are automatically entered into weekly drawings. Visit MBC.ORG/TWINS for details.

All blood types are needed—especially O negative (O-) and O positive (O+).

What?

RRC Blood Drive

Wednesday, June 14th 8:00AM – 11:00AM

Where?

11282 86th Ave. N.,  Maple Grove

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SCHEDULE DONATION Enter Sponsor Code: 4040

Or contact Kate Williams at (612) 225-1240 or KateWilliams@RRCcompanies.com

RRC Company Timeline

Join us in exploring the evolution of the company from incorporation 10 years ago as Wind Consultants, LLC to the RRC we see today!

 

 

 

Thank you from RRC

This year, we are proud to announce that RRC will celebrate its 10 year anniversary. Incorporated in 2007, the company has evolved from Renewable Resource Consultants, focusing on industrial wind energy, to RRC Power & Energy, servicing several engineering industries and services.

We couldn’t be prouder of the successes we have celebrated over the past 10 years and look forward to celebrating this anniversary with all of you. No matter the length of your tenure as a client, your dedication and support has left an impression on the company and helped us reach this milestone.

Reflecting our dedication to innovation, we plan to celebrate the occasion by both honoring the company’s history as well as sharing our future and long term goals.

We believe that an integral element of any successful business is a healthy relationship with the surrounding community. In honor of our anniversary, we will be offering a volunteering program internally throughout 2017 called 10 for 10. The program gives our employees the opportunity to volunteer 10 hours of service in honor of our 10 years in service.

We welcome you to celebrate with us throughout 2017 by following our social media and website blog as we release celebratory information. Join us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ or, to subscribe to our email content, click here. 

Thank you to our valued clients and partners for your continued commitment and confidence in RRC. We cannot wait to see what the next 10 years have in store.

Sincerely,

RRC Board of Directors

 

Engineering Magic for a Child

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“We all have a desire to see children succeed,” explains Logan Russell, RRC Electrical Design Engineer, “and because we are making this for a child with disabilities, it is especially rewarding to provide them an opportunity they would not otherwise have, with something unique built just for them.”

Four of our Tualatin, OR employees, Logan Russell, Nicole Wehner, John Moffit, and Tanya Johnston are donating their time and imagination to Magic Wheelchair, a nonprofit organization that organizes volunteers to transform the wheelchair of a child. The recipient is able to choose which character or theme they like and the build team sets to work!

Team RRC will be designing for Jesse, a 12 years old, who wanted his chair transformed into a spy smart car! Jesse unveiled his new wheels February 18, 2017 at Wizard World Comic Con in Portland, OR. The spy car is equipped with features even James Bond would envy including electrical components and a working radio.

“Our company encourages and supports us to do volunteer work, especially in our own community,” adds Logan. “Volunteering with Magic Wheelchair provides a great way for us to help children using our skills in electrical engineering.”10for10

In honor of RRC’s 10 year anniversary, the company is offering a year long volunteering program called “10 for 10”. The program gives employees, like the build team from Tualatin, the opportunity to volunteer 10 hours of service in honor of our 10 years in service.

The organization and RRC’s build group were featured in the local Tualatin paper, Tualatin Life. Read the feature here.

To learn more about Magic Wheelchair, visit their website.

Congratulations to everyone that participated!

 

 

The election is over. What does it mean for Solar?

There is much speculation about the impact of the recent election with concern about the future of the solar industry. Although difficult to predict industry trends without the future presidential platform announced, our expectation is that RRC’s portfolio of opportunities will not be affected by the new administration. We foresee continued, significant growth over the next 5 years, and beyond, in the solar industry.

Our confidence is based on several items:
1. The vast number of states (41 out of 50) have existing Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) and the current push is toward increasing the percentage of solar. There is not currently an effort to repeal these laws at the state level, in any state. A change in federal laws by the incoming administration would not impact state laws.
2. Solar enjoys a time of production benefit over other renewables because solar panels produce energy during the day. This is an advantage because the energy captured is concurrent with peak energy use times which are in the morning and late afternoon.
3. Efficient storage technology is years (10+) from commercial application at any significant scale, which will continue to cause renewable generation to lean toward solar. While storage would allow wind power to be stored and used to meet daytime demand, there are significant technical difficulties with the technologies at the forefront of that market. Current battery technology is challenged by capacity, safety, longevity and cost. While improvements are in the works, a step change is required. Other technologies are being evaluated (pumped storage, flywheels, compressed air, capacitors) but none are ready or capable of filling the gap.
4. Solar project costs are dropping at about 5% per year and continued improvements in module efficiency, trackers, and inverters combine to improve financial performance and investor confidence.
5. The Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) has already been extended for solar utility scale at 30% through 2019, 26% through 2021, 22% through 2023, followed by a permanent drop to 10%. Our expectation is that the new administration will have other initiatives and working to repeal a law that had bi-partisan support will be difficult to overturn.
6. Solar currently provides about 1% of US energy generation (wind is 7%), leaving considerable opportunity for growth.

I have heard or have questions about:
1. What if the Clean Power Plan (CPP) is repealed?
While that is possible, the state renewable portfolio standard (RPS) levels will not be impacted and will continue to drive the industry. Also, the current solar projection of 20,000 MW of new generation in the next 5 years still applies. Should the CPP stay in force, the bulk of the new generation will be gas fired, not renewables. Natural gas fired generation remains lower in cost than renewables and is dispatchable, meaning it can be turned on when needed.
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I have read that the utilities are taking away payments for solar, won’t that slow down the industry?

The utility companies are struggling to deal with net metering where customers are credited the full retail rate for power that they produce. The cost of the power delivered includes both a power component (the cost of generating the power) and an infrastructure component (the cost of connecting a house to the grid). Crediting the full retail does not allow the utility to cover the infrastructure cost. Many are attempting to modify rates to replace the existing single rate with a fixed monthly charge plus a lower energy cost than the current retail rate. I believe that this trend will continue and that residential solar will see a decline. Overall, this will not affect the industrial solar industry.
3. What about industry announcements by solar associations that the new administration will hurt the industry considerably?
These announcements address the already struggling residential solar side of the industry, which will continue to face difficulty finding its footing. The big residential players are struggling to make a profit, but the utility scale side of the business will be fine. Remember that the trade associations represent all people in the industry.
4. I hear a lot about community solar. What is it and what does it mean to RRC?
Community solar consists of utility scale solar gardens where individual homeowners purchase subscriptions for panel produced energy. The cost of a solar garden is half the cost per watt compared to a typical residential installation and does not create maintenance problems or liens for the homeowner. From the utility point of view, they can see and control the production on their system to ensure grid stability. For individual homeowners, they can purchase the output of the panels and enjoy the benefits of solar without the associated problems and uncertainty of roof mounted panels.

Overall, we are confident in the future of our solar division based on the above industry trends. The next administration has said that their energy strategy is “all of the above” which includes coal, gas, wind, solar, nuke, etc. We also will continue to have growing power demand due to retirements, growth, and manufacturing, necessitating new generation. With our country structurally needing new generation, the direction is largely driven by the states through the Renewable Portfolio Standards, which are unlikely to change direction. The current penetration of solar in the power mix is very small (1%) but with a good position on cost (2nd), production when needed (1st), and applicable in diverse locations, it will grow at an increasing rate and a small impact to the total US power mix could mean a 200%+ increase in solar. RRC is well positioned to participate in the market for years to come.

Written by Mark Aldrich.