This Thursday, January 21 at 1 p.m. EST, S-5! will host an interactive roundtable discussion titled Metal Roofing: Wire Management and Best Practices for Solar PV Installations. The discussion will be moderated by Mark Gies, Director of Solar Business at S-5! along with panelists Doug Claxton – Principal & Founder of The Solar Revolution & TSR Energy, Jesse Wiederin – Founder/Owner of The Solar Guys, and Shawn Haddock – S-5!’s Director of IT & Product Support, Senior Field Applications Specialist.

As solar mounting technologies evolve to improve installation efficiencies and reduce material and labor costs, often developers and installers on the job site find it daunting to keep abreast of changing technologies and adapt their operating procedures accordingly.  

One trend rather unique to metal roofing is utilizing the ribs or seams of the roof as rails, wherein modules are attached directly to the roof, eliminating the need for a traditional railed system, thus saving installation time and material costs. This trend requires small shifts in thinking but will produce huge savings in labor, material and logistics. The shifts pertain to the mechanics of installation and other aspects of the project, such as wire management. 

This interactive discussion will bring together metal roofing and solar installation experts with real-world experience installing the S-5-PVKIT 2.0, a leading “direct-attach™” system. Collectively, the panel brings expertise from all angles: As founders and owners of solar installation companies, Claxton and Wiederin will bring their extensive hands-on experience with every aspect of installing and wiring solar modules and module-level power electronics and S-5!’s Haddock, with his thousands of hours on metal roofs, will provide technical support and training to installers, as well as installing solar himself.

Together, they will discuss one shift in thinking ― wire management practices for installing rail-less solar PV systems. The focus will be on low-slope commercial projects, where wire management gets complicated from the sheer size of the project, as well as integrating module-level power electronics.

For more information or to register for this FREE roundtable discussion, click here.

For more reading on the effective use of metal roofing and solar, check out a previous METALCON Blog posted in September.

S-5! is a renowned maker of snow retention products for metal roof systems, and zero-penetration clamps that can be used to attach not only the company’s own snow retention and wind-performance systems, but also virtually any type of ancillary item to standing seam metal roofs without violating the integrity of the roof surface or the roof’s warranties. Developed by Rob Haddock, one of the metal construction industry’s leading advocates and educators, S-5! attachment products have been used the world over to attach solar arrays, signs/banners, light fixtures, gas piping, stack/flue bracing, walkways, HVAC, lightning protection, equipment screens, conduit, condensate lines and more to metal roof surfaces.

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