Metal roof manufacturer adds solar to commercial rooftop
McElroy Metal, based in Bossier City, Louisiana, has now added solar panels to four of its manufacturing sites. In addition to the most recent Sunnyvale project, McElroy has completed successful solar panel installations in Peachtree, Georgia; Adelanto, California and Clinton, Illinois.
“Installing solar panels on a standing seam roof, such as the one produced by McElroy Metal, is the most cost-effective way to complete a solar installation,” said Mark Rangel, executive VP of commercial business development and preconstruction at Spier Commercial & Industrial of New Braunfels. , Texas. “We do flat roof installations, ground installations, carport installations, every conceivable installation and installation on a standing seam roof is always the most cost effective.”
Spier installed a 165 kW grid-connected rooftop PV system at McElroy Metal’s Sunnyvale plant. The Seraphim Energy panels were installed on a recent addition to the facility, which was topped off with McElroy Metal’s 238T symmetrical standing seam panels. The panels are attached to the standing seam roof with products from S-5! The project involved 352 470-W solar panels, which will produce approximately 261,574 kWh per year. The system is estimated to reduce the facility’s energy consumption by 46%.
“We are very excited about the addition of solar panels to a fourth production facility,” said Ken Gieseke, VP of Marketing at McElroy Metal. “Once we did the calculation, calculated the return on investment, it just made sense to install the solar panels. McElroy Metal remains committed to being an advocate for solar energy.”
Rangel says local and federal incentives paid for about 80% of the solar installation, and the return on investment will be about five years — for a system expected to last 25 years.
“McElroy Metal has been a respected and preeminent manufacturer of metal roofs and components for three generations,” said Rob Haddock, Founder and CEO of S-5!. “Just like S-5! they got there by setting the highest standards of quality and integrity for themselves and their suppliers. As both companies are leaders in the metal construction industry, we have been privileged to work with McElroy in many locations, industrial trade groups and supply relationships spanning nearly 40 years. They are not just a prized S-5! customer and distribution partner, as well as close friends, industry advocates, allies and activists. Two leading brands, McElroy and S-5!, have both raised the bar to make metal roofs better, and together again, with the addition of solar power on their fourth S-5! solarized project. I’m sure we’re both looking forward to the next one.”
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