TAMPA BAY, Fla. — An impressive line up of 28 companies and organizations make Solar Bay one of the busiest spots at METALCON. The combo of solar and metal technologies has been heating up for a while. Now this display of systems and expertise shows that it’s definitely a long-term match.

Solar Bay is a new feature at this year’s METALCON International, in full swing this week. The show opened Tuesday. October 6,  and runs through Thursday, October 8, at the Tampa Bay Convention Center in downtown Tampa, Fla. It includes an array of actual systems attached to metal roofing and walls. The different types of systems provide building power, solar heat recovery, thermal heating, and cooling.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, October 6 and 7, two 45-minute presentations made each afternoon at 1:15 and at 3 p.m. provide an overview of the industry and solar incentive programs.

On Thursday it gets more detailed, with 10 presentations running from 10 a.m. to closing that provide specifics about different systems, applications, and ways to get into the market. The topics include:  attachment methods on metal roofs, features and benefits of different technologies, alternative energy systems for metal roofs, case studies from different types of buildings, and how to become a certified solar installer.
Companies and organizations participating in Solar Bay include:  ATAS International, Inc.; ASI Building Products; BP p.l.c./S-5!; CENTRIA/ENERGY PEAK; Conergy; Custom-Bilt Metals; Dawn Solar Systems, Inc.; Delta Building Products; Drexel Metals LLC; Englert, Inc.; FABRAL; GUARDIAN; Kingspan Insulated Panels; LM Curbs; The LeverEdge; MBCI; McElroy Metal, Inc.; NABCEP; North Carolina State Solar Center; Petersen Aluminum Corp.; pro-tech energy solutions; Roof Hugger, Inc.; S-5!; Sharp Electronics Corp.; Sheffield Metals Int’l;  Solar Energy Industry Association; SOLAR SOURCE; SUN STORAGE; Think Solar; Vote Solar; W.E.S.; and Whirlwind Steel Buildings, Inc.

Seeing the response from the crowds, there’s no doubt this part of the market is filled with opportunity. This shift is brought about by more availability of PV systems, greater incentives and rebates for improving energy efficiency, and more awareness of the ease of installation with metal roofing. It’s definitely the spot for roofing contractors to be right now.

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