Solar projects drive steel production uptick in Sinton
Nextracker and JM Steel partner in production with Steel Dynamics
Rising demand for large-scale solar farms in Texas and the southern United States has created a need for a dedicated manufacturing line at the Steel Dynamics Inc. facility in Sinton.
Nextracker, the global market leader in utility-scale solar trackers, and JM Steel, a steel-processing technology provider, announced the opening of the line on Wednesday, April 20. The expanded capacity will enable quick-ship response times to customers in three major regions via the Port of Corpus Christi. Also, costs are reduced by integrating key manufacturing activities on a single campus.
“Customers want protection from steel and logistics cost volatility and logistics delays associated with shipping, containers, and ports,” said Dan Shugar, founder and CEO of Nextracker, in a statement. “We are migrating to domestic production to stabilize pricing and achieve superior on-time delivery for our customers.”
The steel production process uses "Next Generation" electric-arc-furnace technology. Recycled or scrap steel is used as the raw material for a lower carbon footprint.
“U.S. steel manufacturers like Steel Dynamics Incorporated have a much cleaner, lower carbon-generating process than most overseas manufacturers,” Shugar said.
Texas became the top-ranked state for solar capacity additions when 6,060 megawatts of solar power were added in 2021, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. California was knocked to second place.
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