Solar Renewable Energy Facility

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The solar panel market has witnessed a shift away from rooftop installations due to various factors. One critical concern is the limitation imposed during firefighting situations, where local firefighters may encounter high voltage DC directly at the individual solar panels. Additionally, the mounting of solar panels directly on rooftops hinders firefighting efforts, particularly during daylight hours when the panels are actively generating power from sunlight. This hazard originates from the nature of photovoltaic panels, as they generate electricity when exposed to the sun. It is widely recognized that the rapid shutdown equipment and safety shutdown measures mandated by the National Electric Code (NEC) are only triggered after the solar panels, before reaching the inverter. Consequently, ground-mounted solar installations have emerged as the sole safe method for establishing a Solar Renewable Energy Facility, ensuring the highest level of safety for both firefighters and the surrounding environment.

Solarskid Energy

R.A. Thomas Electric manufactures scalable, ground-mounted solar arrays. The rugged rack structure conceals inverters and systems. Each rack has seven panels forming arrays with individual inverters. The PV system scales up to ten racks, with a total inverter output of over 100 amps. The truss design enables easy crane lifting and transportation. The compact rack array measures 24 x 5.6-foot.

These pre-assembled arrays can quick deployment of a Renewable Energy Facility (REF).


R.A. Thomas Electric builds experimental solar racks. “it takes approximately 40 man hours assemble an pre-manufactured array”,  says Russell Thomas, Qualifier and owner .  (


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Fast Efficient Residential Asheville Electrical Troubleshooting

Fast Efficient Residential Asheville Electrical Troubleshooting is what R.A. Thomas Electric’s services provide. Homeowners and anyone with electric problems can count on our electrical journeyman to troubleshoot and repair any problem. Since 1985, Western North Carolina families have experienced innovation, honesty, with impeccable customer service we will deliver a wide range of residential electrical challenges. Constantly studying the ever-changing National Electric Code makes us confident that we can quickly solve any issue. Electrical contracting is our main focus. We may be over-trained, but we like it that way.  Asheville’s Electrician can help:

  • Phone consultations
  • Troubleshooting Electrical Problems or Issues
  • Install Solar Power for Homes
  • Electrical Service meter Upgrades
  • Change 2-wire outlets t0 grounded type
  • Power outage at an outlet or the whole Home
  • Recessed Fixture Installation in an existing home
  • Code/Safety Home Evaluation
  • Relocate Plug and Switches
  • Complete electrical wire of Homes
  • ​Install Arc Fault and ​​Surge Protection Systems in existing Home
  • Energy Management Evaluation
  • Design and layout of Landscape Lighting
  • Adding GFCI Plugs for Outdoors or Indoor

As are part of Asheville’s Downtown’s small business community. Our electrical teams are committed to sustainable conscious living we have renewabilities to share with you and our community.  We are fast efficient residential specialists with experience and training that can save you money.  We know our business, and would enjoy sharing our expertise.

All our technicians are licensed and insured.

Call us today 828-258-3999


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Fast Efficient Residential Electrical Contracting

R.A. Thomas Electric’s fast efficient residential services provide homeowners with experienced, trained electricians since 1985. Since that time, Western North Carolina families have called us to solve a wide range of electrical needs. Delivering on-time impeccable service is our prime focus. Our team is constantly studying and attending State-sponsored Continuing Education on any changes or updates to the National Electric Code to assure we are confident that we can quickly solve any electrical issue. We are over-trained but we like it that way. Let Asheville’s Electrician help:

  • Troubleshooting
  • Install Ceiling Fans
  • Electrical installation of appliances
  • Aluminum Wire to Copper Wire
  • Remodeling/Additions for Homes
  • Arc Fault & Surge Protection Systems
  • Dryer, Range, Hot Water Heater
  • Bathroom/Kitchen Lighting
  • Recessed Fixture Installation
  • Energy Management Evaluation
  • Landscape Lighting
  • GFCI Plugs for Outdoors/Indoor
  • Relocate Plug and Switches
  • Code/Safety Home Evaluation


RA Thomas Electric is part of Asheville and Weaverville’s small business community. We have been in the electrical business in Asheville for over 30 years. Let us show you what we can do with any task you have at hand. Our fast efficient residential specialists, with experience and training, will save you money. We know our business and would enjoy sharing our expertise. Fast efficient residential service is our specialty. Voted the most reliable licensed and insured electrician in Western North Carolina, call us to show you why experience counts. If you are handy and just need free advice call us we can give you guidance on the phone.

Call us today 828-258-3999.

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