Solar Builder Magazine: Cloudy with a Chance of Solar Power


Our sister company, Rudolph/Libbe is one of the first solar development firms to tackle cloudy weather states to make solar power solutions a reality for customers. We offer a full array of solar project services from financing, design, engineering and installation to ongoing maintenance.

The following article appeared in Solar Builder Magazine on November 15, 2012.


Cloudy with a Chance of Solar Power

Ohio contractor Rudolph/Libbe uses its construction knowledge to grow the solar market throughout the region.

A Nile hippopotamus gives birth underwater for the first time on camera, not in Africa, but in Ohio?

Not the strongest association with the Buckeye State, but it did happen. The Toledo Zoo’s Hippoquarium was the first of its kind in the world when unveiled in 1986, and one year later, a hippo birth occurred during zoo hours and was viewed by visitors and captured on videotape — a first for any zoo.

Rudolph/Libbe completed a 98-kW installation at the Toledo Zoo in 2010. The project spotlights the local community, focusing on Toledo’s nickname “Glass City” while also promoting sustainability.

Fast forward 23 years and the zoo has another first — among the first major solar arrays at any zoo in the nation. Its 98.1-kW installation was completed in 2010 by local construction contractor Rudolph/Libbe Inc., another company full of “firsts.” The company is one of the first to tackle Ohio’s cloudy weather to bring solar power to its customers.

Founded in 1955, Rudolph/Libbe today is a national construction contractor, serving industrial and commercial entities primarily in the upper Midwest. Headquartered near Toledo, Ohio, Rudolph/Libbe also has offices in nearby Cleveland, Columbus and Detroit.

Read the full article on the Solar Builder Magazine website.