Nextracker opens up 3rd United States manufacturing facility this year as part of PV reshoring commitment

Jun 28, 2022 01:20 PM ET
  • United States solar tracker supplier Nextracker as well as steel producer BCI Steel have reopened the Bethlehem steel manufacturing factory in Leetsdale, Pittsburgh that will certainly refine steel and also create solar tracker equipment for utility-scale solar projects.
Nextracker opens up 3rd United States manufacturing facility this year as part of PV reshoring commitment
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This is Nextracker's 3rd new manufacturing facility, adding to its Texas and also Arizona factories introduced in April and May, specifically. The company intends to develop 10GW of yearly solar tracker capacity in the United States in the middle of growing calls for reshoring of the country's PV supply chain.

A part of this "commitment to restoring America's steel as well as solar supply chains", Nextracker said it had actually already procured over 100,000 tonnes people made steel so far this year, sufficient for approximately 5GW of solar trackers.

The steel processing facility, which Nextracker said was ideally situated alongside key transportation framework, will contain BCI Steel's new and also reshored equipment from factories in Malaysia and also Brazil and also solar tracker products produced at the factory will certainly offer solar markets in the US states of Pennsylvania, Indiana, New York, and Ohio.

Speaking To PV Tech prior to the news today, Nextracker president Howard Wenger said the investment would permit the firm to "supply exceptional on-time distribution to our customers" and also offered it the "natural bush for our international supply chain that will stabilise expenses and prices".

The in 2015 has seen the cost of raw materials rise and also logistical difficulties complying with the pandemic resulting in delayed distributions and also skyrocketing delivery costs, with Russia's intrusion of Ukraine creating greater geopolitical tensions and also more destabilising supply chains. This has lead to renewed phone call to reshore manufacturing capacity in the US to aid protect versus future supply shocks.

When asked by PV Tech just how revealed Nextracker's supply chain was to ex-US shocks, Wenger said: "Our supply chain is in an excellent placement now that we are obtaining our third US manufacturing center up and running ... The requirement for regional production and also delivery is particularly enhanced in the context of macro disturbances like the pandemic and battle in Ukraine. It's early days for Nextracker's United States production initiative, however it is already repaying."

" BCI Steel's Pittsburgh manufacturing facility makes it possible for the quick-ship response times we need to fulfill booming demand from our clients in the Mid-Atlantic and Heartland areas," said Dan Shugar, CEO as well as founder of Nextracker. "This financial investment will raise the resilience of the US solar supply chain and bring making tasks, equipment as well as capacity back to America."

Moving forward, Nextracker stated production motivations would accelerate the residential advancement of key parts of the PV supply chain and accelerate PV deployment. "We assume domestic manufacturing motivations can develop as well as increase a strong US solar supply chain which would certainly complete a variety of the government's objectives," stated Wenger.

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