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Solar Renewable Energy Research conducted by RA Thomas Electric developed a rugged steel rack supporting system for photovoltaic solar panels. Our racking system is standardized to allow quick deployment and installation of a micro solar Renewable Energy Facility (REF).


and placement in multiple scenarios. From emergency services, to farm, forest, and fire Our racking system is a standardized inverter


Using a tractor, we drag solar skids into a forest clearing or drag them to the edges of a field. R.A. Thomas Electric upgrades mining-grade skids for dragging along harsher terrain. Our team builds a rugged solar panel mounting system. We welded and bolt-mounted the solar frame to a skid. Correspondingly, the structure is transported on a 40×10 wheeled trailer is compliant with North Carolina Department of Transportation. Furthermore, the system is left on flat areas where the structure itself forms the electrical ground. Additionally, the system is elevated onto structural walls/posts/columns rated appropriately for the wind location.

Surprisingly, the skids are elevated via a crane onto lifted solar module rack structures. Additionally, for every 8 “slave” rack, a “mother” solar rack comes with its own electric inverter, circuit box, and transformer. We built the system to last. Another key point relates to the angle of the racking system. The angle, set at 33 degrees, provides 32 sq inches of grounding surface per rack. Read more about our solar electrical installation, repair, and maintenance services here.


Our electrical solar work, covers Asheville and greater Buncombe County. We integrate and build photovoltaic and thermal solar installations. Check out more here. Contact Buncombe County Electricians today, and save with R.A. Thomas Electric electrical services for homes, farms, factories, offices, government buildings, warehouses, and retail. Accordingly, please call for more information about Solar Renewable Energy Research. Interested in federal solar research and development grants? Click here.



R.A. Thomas Electric builds experimental solar racks. “I will have build one every 60 days by the time we are finished. I have bought enough steel to make our plans come true.”, says Russell Thomas. In addition, the solar array facilitates is part of the development of Reems Creek Farms (

40″ wide vertical panel placement for a total of seven panels per skid on the basis of a 24 x 5.6-footprint. We build new modular frames for farms and commercial property.

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Renewables – Asheville Solar Electrician is how R.A. Thomas Electrical provides experienced electrical specialists capable of troubleshooting and implementing innovative solutions. Residential, commercial, and industrial photovoltaic or passive solar environments. Our Staff has experience and knowledge regarding renewables and the ability to understand efficiency opportunities in a client’s existing property infrastructure. We are qualified to project management, passive hot water systems, as well as development support for client-owned Photovoltaic, powered Renewable Energy Facilities.

Using specialized, we can quickly detect problems within any existing residential, commercial, or industrial solar power installations.

Call us to audit your solar installation with thermographic analysis and reporting. Our Flir Thermal Imaging camera (forward-looking) infrared – Flir® can see failing solar components and bad connections behind installed machinery, which allows for analysis without removing equipment.

From regular and routine maintenance to emergency situations, our industrial electrical contracting team is able to serve industrial power, equipment, line circuits, and components. From new construction to equipment up-fits or maintenance, we provide a wide variety of electrical services:

  • Switchgear Installations
  • Bus Duct & Branch Circuits Feeders
  • Control Wiring for Processing and Manufacturing Equipment
  • Electrical Evaluation of Existing Equipment
  • Computer Room Installations
  • Emergency Services Calls
  • Install Customer Equipment
  • Solar Hot Water and Photovoltaic Services
  • Reconstruction & Emergency Restoration
  • Uninterruptible Power Systems
  • Generator System Installation
  • Preventive Power Maintenance Programs
  • Equipment Relocation
  • Lighting and Receptacles
  • General Control & Automation
  • System Design Consultation
  • Modularized Fabrication
  • System Integration and Design
  • Thermographic Image Reports
  • Contract Maintenance
  • Data to Web Integrators
  • Voice, Audio & Video
  • Computer Room Disconnect
  • Emergency Electrical

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We are highly qualified small business electrical contractors. We are ready to outperform any electric contractor you have ever worked with.

Call us today and we’ll show you what an electrician looks like. 828-258-3999

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