Last week the New York Times reported, “The Biden administration released a blueprint showing how the nation could move toward producing almost half of its electricity from the sun by 2050 — a potentially big step toward fighting climate change but one that would require vast upgrades to the electric grid.” The Energy Department laid out an ambitious blueprint for solar power to go from 4% to 45%.

Join us next month at METALCON where solar will take center stage with its new S-5! sponsored SOLAR EDUCATION CENTER, a dedicated pavilion to discover how solar and metal go hand-in-hand and to learn how to capitalize on the opportunities it present through a variety of exhibits, educational sessions, live demos, and solar trivia games.

Solar energy is a rapidly growing energy sector in the U.S. and globally and its future is looking brighter than ever. Unsurprisingly, solar’s efficiency and sustainability benefits have yielded increased attention to the pairing of solar and metal roofing. Did you know the service life of a metal roof actually exceeds the service life of a solar PV system? It is also the most sustainable roofing type and yields lower solar installation costs.

Hear from the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), the voice of solar energy in the United States, on a Federal Update: Solar Trade & Manufacturing and attend a panel where solar and metal industry experts will present Metal Takes on Solar – A Metal Roofers Perspective on Solar Installations based on a new MCA report on Metal Roofing & Solar PV Systems. 


Test your solar and metal construction knowledge! Up to ten teams of three to five individuals will compete on Wednesday, October 6 and Thursday, October 7 in a game consisting of three or more rounds with 10 questions each. Questions will be in picture, audio, video or random media formats and cover categories including solar and metal roofing, metal construction, METALCON history, pop culture and sports. This exciting activity will take place in the all-new S-5! sponsored Solar Education Center. Please pre-register your team today.


Wednesday, October 6 

11:30 AM Metal Roofing, the Perfect Platform for Solar PV

1:00 PM Best Practices to Install Solar on Metal Roofing, NABCEP certified

4:00 PM Solar Trivia Games

Thursday, October 7 

11:30 AM Solar PV Rooftop Applications & Solar-Ready Design Considerations, AIA certified

1:00 PM Roundtable Presentation, Metal Roofing & Solar PV Systems

2:00 PM Federal Update: Solar Trade & Manufacturing

2:30 PM Solar in High Wind & Snow Country: Design Considerations

4:00 PM Solar Trivia Games

Friday, October 8 

10:30 AM Rail-Less Solar on Metal Roofs: Wire Management & Best Practices, NABCEP certified

12:00 PM Final two-team face-off Solar Trivia Games


Join us at METALCON next month, October 6-8 (pre-show workshops begin on Tuesday, October 5), in Tampa, Florida. And new for this year, The Architect’s Experience, a “show within a show” for architects, designers, specifiers and engineers eager to breathe new life into projects. METALCON is produced by PSMJ Resources, Inc. and sponsored by the Metal Construction Association. Take a peek at METALCON’s 2021 DIGITAL Show Guide, produced by Metal Construction News.