Innovation happens when two metal manufacturing companies team up! When McElroy Metal wanted to add solar panels to its California manufacturing plant, they called on fellow METALCON exhibitor, S-5! to assist. Although their California plant didn’t necessarily need a new roof, after seeing the success they had from installing solar panels to their facility in Peachtree City, GA, McElroy decided it was worth the investment. After almost five years, the energy generated at the McElroy Peachtree City facility surpassed the plant’s energy consumption, saving the company thousands of dollars. McElroy expects to offset their California plant’s electrical usage and show a return on investment in approximately three years.
According to DesignandBuildwithMetal.com, “McElroy Metal is committed to being a leader in the growing use of solar power,” says Ken Gieseke, vice president of marketing at McElroy Metal. “It’s one thing to promote the use of metal roofing in conjunction with solar panels, but it’s another thing to invest in a project of this magnitude on your own facility. This project serves as a showcase for those interested in the use of solar panels with metal roofing.”
Almost five years ago, McElroy re-roofed its manufacturing facility in Peachtree City, GA, and topped the standing seam roofing with 1,960 solar panels. The 238T symmetrical standing seam roofing system with the half megawatt solar system was installed on top of a 34-year-old galvanized R-panel roofing system. McElroy Metal’s manufacturing facility in Adelanto (less than 100 miles from Los Angeles) installed 646 solar modules, attached with the RibBracket IV clamp from S-5!. Each RibBracket comes with a factory-applied EPDM rubber gasket on the base. A structural aluminum attachment bracket, RibBracket is compatible with most common metal roofing materials and many North American trapezoidal profiles. The solar system harvests enough energy to offset the plant’s entire usage.