McElroy Metal Installs Solar with Metal Retrofit Roof at Its Manufacturing Facility

Inovateus Solar LLC, a worldwide installer of commercial and industrial solar power systems, has embarked on a rooftop solar array project to be installed on McElroy Metal‘s Peachtree City, Ga., manufacturing location as part of the Medium Scale Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative Program.

Construction on the project began the week of Sept. 29, 2013. The 500 kW array is scheduled to be commissioned before Christmas of this year. A live construction camera of the project will be available at the Inovateus Solar website to view the progress.

This 500 kW project will be installed on the roof and on a canopy in McElroy’s parking lot. “It is the largest solar installation for a metal roofing manufacturer,” states Inovateus Solar Project Manager Peter Rienks. “McElroy is really stepping up to the plate to incorporate renewables into their product offering.”

McElroy has 12 manufacturing facilities across the U.S. Through its partnership with Inovateus Solar, McElroy now manufactures ready-to-install solar panels fully integrated into steel-panel systems and offers solar kits with their metal roofs.

McElroy Metal President Ian McElroy says: “We are very excited to be installing a half megawatt photovoltaic system on our Peachtree City facility. The existing metal roof is over 34 years old and consists of galvanized R panel. We will be retrofitting with our 238T symmetrical standing seam system, which provides an excellent metal-over-metal reroof solution. And, since we were installing a new roof, we decided to explore adding solar. With the help of our solar partner, Inovateus Solar, we were able to put together a plan that made financial sense.”

“We are excited about starting this project under the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative Program,” adds Inovateus Solar President T.J. Kanczuzewski. “This is another example of how public utilities and private companies can work together to introduce more renewable energy alternatives into the power generation mix.”

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