Energy conservation concern will market new photovoltaic technology

Energy conservation concern will market new photovoltaic technology
Thursday, May 01, 2008

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — MARINERS HARBOR — I last wrote about RGBS Enterprises in October 2004, when the small start-up was working out of a trailer at 2842 Richmond Terr., Mariners Harbor. Back then, the business was waiting its new building to be completed at the site. In the past 2 1/2 years, the energy-conservation consulting and design firm not only has settled into its 5,000-square-foot space, but has expanded to a branch office in Tampa, Fla.

Owners Russell Giambrone and Brian Simpson say the enterprise has seen its gross income climb from $823,000, in 2004, to nearly $1.5 million in 2007.
The business began in 2002, but didn’t really start to perk until 2004 when the company acquired additional accounts and “people began approaching us, as opposed to us approaching them,” Simpson said. The company expects to hit “close to $3 million” by the end of 2008, he said.

The firm has reached additional milestones. In August last year, RGBS Enterprises partnered up with Ambit Energy, and now sells electricity to residential and commercial customers.

RGBS, Giambrone said, “has conducted work as a subcontractor for the United Nations,” and is in the process of registering as a vendor with the U.N. Global Marketplace, a commercial database of goods and services needed by U.N.-related groups. Later this year, the company plans to install a unit in its headquarters that will demonstrate how light is converted into electricity using “photovoltaic solar” technology. Giambrone and Simpson are looking to become one of the first Staten Island-based businesses to offer the technology.

The firm, said Giambrone, has installed or developed energy-management systems for Kingsborough Psychiatric Center, Brooklyn; Waterford Glen Assisted Living, Wall, N.J., and a variety of buildings at Rikers Island correctional facility.

RGBS Enterprises may be reached at 718-981-0734 or via its Web site, www. rgbse.com.

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