Nextracker and BCI Steel Renovate Abandoned Steel Mill in Pittsburgh to Serve Growing U.S. Solar Market
Nextracker LLCthe global market leader in large-scale solar trackers, and BCI Steel, a Pittsburgh-based steel fabricator, today announced the reopening of Bethlehem Steel’s historic manufacturing facility in nearby Leetsdale to produce solar tracking equipment for large-scale solar power plants.
The steel processing plant will incorporate both new and relocated BCI Steel equipment shipped to the United States from plants in Malaysia and Brazil. Solar tracking products produced at the plant will serve the rapidly growing solar markets in Pennsylvania, Indiana, New York and Ohio.
“BCI is proud to advance Pittsburgh’s legacy as the heart of America’s steel industry,” said Matt Carroll, CEO of BCI Steel. “This partnership with Nextracker showcases our steel fabrication and quality control technology and unlocks additional home solar capacity through our low-cost fabrication.”
“US Steel is pleased to provide American-mined, smelted, and manufactured steel for Nextracker’s advanced solar tracking systems. We welcome Nextracker’s expansion of manufacturing to Pittsburgh and other locations across the United States. ” said Ken Jaycox, SVP and CCO at United States Steel Corporation. “Providing industry-leading products to our customers using state-of-the-art technology and fully optimized facilities is the key to US Steel’s best for all.® strategy.”
This is the third solar tracker manufacturing line that Nextracker has commissioned with a steel manufacturing partner in 2022 as part of its commitment to rebuilding America’s steel and solar supply chains. With additional capacity in Pittsburgh, Nextracker is building 10 GW of “Made in America” manufacturing capacity – enough to power 7.5 million homes. Earlier this year, Nextracker opened a green steel tracker production line in Texas with JM Steeland another dedicated steel production line in Arizona with Atkore. As part of this relocation initiative, Nextracker has already purchased more than 100,000 tons of US-made steel so far this year, enough for about 5 GW of solar trackers.
“BCI Steel’s Pittsburgh plant enables the fast response times we need to meet the growing demand from our customers in the Mid-Atlantic and Heartland regions,” said Dan Shugar, CEO and Founder of Nextracker. “This investment will increase the resilience of the U.S. solar supply chain and bring jobs, equipment, and manufacturing capacity back to America.”
The recently reopened Pittsburgh plant is conveniently located near river and rail transportation in a location steeped in manufacturing history. The plant sits on the same land where steel fabricators built materials for tank landing ships (LSTs) during World War II.
The inauguration ceremony brought together senior dignitaries and executives from some of the world’s largest clean energy companies, including EDPR CEO Sandhya Ganapathy and Lightsource bp COO Ann Davies. To learn more about Nextracker’s steel partners and the US manufacturing program, read the story, here.
Nextracker is the leading provider of smart, integrated solar trackers and software solutions used in utility-scale and ground-mounted distributed generation solar projects worldwide. Our products enable solar panels in large-scale power plants to follow the movement of the sun across the sky and optimize plant performance. With over 50 GW shipped worldwide, Nextracker leads the solar industry with solar tracking technologies that optimize and increase energy production while reducing costs for significant plant ROI. For more information, please visit www.Nexttracker.com.
About BCI Steel
Based in Leetsdale, Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh, BCI Steel is a global engineering, contract manufacturing and supply chain management company specializing in the production of industrial metal products for fabricators. original equipment. In addition to steel fabrication, we are experts in new product development, design for manufacturing, quality control and logistics. BCI has worked closely with Nextracker since its inception to help provide the highest quality steel products to its solar tracker customers worldwide.
For more information: https://bci-engineering.com/
About US Steel (NYSE: X)
Founded in 1901, United States Steel Corporation is a leading steel producer. With a focus on safety, the company’s customer-centric Best for All® strategy advances a safer, more sustainable future for US Steel and its stakeholders. With a renewed focus on innovation, US Steel serves the automotive, construction, appliance, energy, container and packaging industries with high value-added steel products such than US Steel’s exclusive XG3™ advanced high-strength steel. The company also maintains competitively advantageous iron ore production and has an annual crude steel production capacity of 22.4 million net metric tons. US Steel is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with world-class operations across the United States and in Central Europe. For more information, please visit www.ussteel.com.