Case study: McElroy Metal adds solar system to its standing-seam metal roof with S-5!

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Wanting to offset the plant’s electrical usage, and still show a return on investment, McElroy Metal chose a solar solution system for its plant. A solar addition is old hat for McElroy, as they previously re-roofed their Peachtree City, Ga., standing seam roof facility with 1,960 solar panels. The amount of energy generated through these panels is above what the plant consumes. In addition, McElroy expects to see a return on this solar investment within just three years.

Clamp selection

It doesn’t make much sense to install a solar array on something that will fail long before the solar plant does. So, a roof inspection was performed prior to installation to ensure it was corrosion-free and suitable to outlast the service life of the solar. Being in the desert (Adelanto is less than 100 miles from Los Angeles) certainly helped. It then became a matter of selecting the right structurally-sound attachment solution that would not only handle harsh sun elements but would also preserve a durable panel connection.

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For McElroy, it was all about function.

“Being a roofing manufacturer, we are obviously concerned about the overall roof performance for the long-term,” said Ken Gieseke, Vice President of Marketing at McElroy. “And as a long-time convert to S-5! products, it was, for us, the obvious, and frankly only, solar attachment solution to consider.”

In Adelanto, the project called for 646 solar modules to be added to McElroy Metal’s manufacturing facility. To ensure secure attachment, the aluminum RibBracket IV was selected. Compatible with most metal roofing materials, this economical bracket also fits a number of trapezoidal roof profiles too.

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McElroy saved time on installation too. The slotted top hole on the bracket, which accommodates the S-5-PV Kit, simplifies alignment and maximizes flexibility in attaching ancillaries. The RibBracket IV also comes with a factory-applied EPDM rubber gasket seal on the base. And even though moisture might not be a concern, the heat, wind, and parched conditions wreak havoc on metal, sealants, and screws. To help combat this, the reservoir on the bracket conceals the EPDM from UV exposure, preventing drying and cracks.

McElroy says it plans to explore more solar mounting opportunities for its other facilities. It was a grand undertaking to invest in and complete such a massive solar panel installation strictly for one’s own company. McElroy hopes such a project can “serve as a showcase for those interested in the use of solar panels with metal roofing.”

— Solar Builder magazine

Details on PV Kit 2.0 from S-5!, updated to improve installation time

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S-5! sent word of its new PV Kit 2.0 EdgeGrab and PV Kit 2.0 MidGrab, offering solar panel installers significant improvements and easier installation. S-5! introduced the original direct-attachment solar panel system 11 years ago. The updates in PV Kit 2.0 are a result of solar installer feedback to solve installer bottlenecks geared toward reducing bottlenecks and improving install time.

Among the improvements to the new PV Kit 2.0:

• Only one tool needed for installation
• Preassembled components save time and money
• Installs with module, reducing lay-out time
• Single-piece EdgeGrab installs with ease
• Versatile: same kit for most modules
• Creates a 1-inch gap between modules, allowing load reduction per ASCE-7
• Improved disk design works with all S-5! clamps and exposed-fastened brackets
• UL 2703 Listed (Pending)

S-5! is a family company, known worldwide, that has been awarded fifty-plus patents for its technologies in rooftop attachment solutions.

— Solar Builder magazine

S-5! partners with distributor Unistrut to sell its solar clamps and snow retention systems

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S-5! has announced a partnership with North American distributor Unistrut, where Unistrut Ohio will offer the complete line of S-5! zero-penetration clamps and snow retention systems. S-5! manufactures clamps for attaching ancillary items to standing seam metal roofs.

“We are happy to be the newest member of the S-5! distribution family,” says Tony Rosenthal, manager of business development at Unistrut Ohio. “S-5! provides best-in-class distributor support and that’s gone a long way toward helping us with a successful start with their products.”

The company also released the its new Attachment Solutions & Products brochure that contains information about what S-5! attachment products can be used for and how to correctly use them. The S-5! line of aluminum and brass attachment products are extremely versatile, fitting most standing seam and exposed fastener metal roof profiles, including most structural and architectural profiles.

— Solar Builder magazine

S-5! 2018 Attachment Solutions & Products brochure now available

S-5! has published its 2018 Attachment Solutions & Products brochure and made it available for download. You can access it right here.

What’s in it?

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The Attachment Solutions & Products brochure contains information about what S-5! attachment products can be used for and how to correctly use them. The S-5! line of aluminum and brass attachment products are extremely versatile, fitting most standing seam and exposed fastener metal roof profiles, including most structural and architectural profiles.

In the brochure, find solutions for attaching solar panels, snow retention systems, signs, banners, pipes and conduits, HVAC and rooftop equipment, satellite dishes, lightning protection, fall protection and more.

— Solar Builder magazine

S-5! releases SolarFoot product for exposed fastener metal roofing

S-5! sent word about its new SolarFoot, made for exposed fastener metal roofing via four points of attachment. The SolarFoot provides an ideal mounting platform to attach the L-Foot of a rail-mounted solar system or other ancillaries to the roof. Behold:

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The SolarFoot ensures a durable weathertight solution for the life of the solar system and the roof. Each piece contains two reservoirs of a factory-applied butyl co-polymeric sealant, allowing a water-tested seal. Simply peel the release paper from the butyl sealant and fasten through the predrilled holes in the base of the SolarFoot.

S-5! specializes in zero-penetration clamps that attach ancillary items to standing seam metal roofs without violating the integrity of the roof or the roof’s warranties. The clamps mount snow-retention and wind-performance systems, solar arrays, signs/banners, light fixtures, gas piping, stack/flue bracing, walkways, HVAC, lightning protection, equipment screens, conduit, condensate lines and more.

— Solar Builder magazine