Nextracker & BCI Steel Renovate Abandoned Pittsburgh Steel Factory to Serve Growing U.S. Utility-Scale Solar Market

Nextracer LLC, the global market leader in utility-scale solar trackers, and BCI Steel, a Pittsburgh-based steel fabricator, this week announced the reopening of the historic Bethlehem Steel manufacturing factory in nearby Leetsdale to produce solar tracker equipment for large-scale solar power plants.

The steel processing plant will incorporate both BCI Steel’s new and reshored equipment shipped to the US from factories in Malaysia and Brazil. Solar tracker products produced at the factory will serve 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 Nextracer showcases our steel fabrication and quality control technology and unlocks additional domestic solar capacity with our low-cost manufacturing.”

“US Steel is pleased to supply steel that is mined, melted and made in America for Nextracer’s advanced solar tracker systems. We applaud Nextracer’s expansion of manufacturing in Pittsburgh and other locations in the US” said Ken Jaycox, SVP and CCO at United States Steel Corporation. “Providing industry leading products for our customers utilizing advanced technology and fully optimized facilities is key to US Steel’s Best for All® strategy.”

This is the third solar tracker fabrication line Nexttracker 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, Nextracer is building out 10 GW of “Made in America” manufacturing capacity — enough to power 7.5 million homes. Earlier this year, Nexttracker opened a green steel tracker production line in Texas with JM Steel, and another dedicated steel production line in Arizona with Atkore. Under this reshoring initiative, Nextracer has already procured over 100,000 tons of US-made steel so far this year, enough for approximately 5 GW of solar trackers.

“BCI Steel’s Pittsburgh factory enables the quick-ship response times we need to meet booming demand from our customers in the Mid-Atlantic and Heartland regions,” said Dan Shugar, CEO and Founder of Nextracer. “This investment will increase the resilience of the US solar supply chain and bring manufacturing jobs, equipment, and capacity back to America.”

The newly reopened Pittsburgh factory is ideally located with proximity to a river and rail transport in a location steeped in manufacturing history. The factory lies on the same grounds where steel fabricators built materials for tank landing ships (LSTs) during WWII.

The dedication ceremony was attended by top dignitaries and leaders from some of the world’s largest clean energy companies, including the CEO of EDPR Sandhya Ganapathy and the Chief Operating Officer of Lightsource bp Ann Davies.

Learn more about Nextracer’s other initiatives to bring manufacturing to America here.

Courtesy of Nexttracker.


 

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