Nextracker opens making line in Texas to counter supply chain disruptions

Apr 21, 2022 12:32 PM ET
  • US tracker manufacturer Nextracker has actually replied to global supply chain disruptions by inaugurating a brand-new production line in Texas within a campus from steel manufacturer Steel Dynamics.
Nextracker opens making line in Texas to counter supply chain disruptions
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Situated near Corpus Christi, the line will manufacture tracker components for usage in solar projects across the south of the US and will have a multi-gigawatt yearly tracker capacity when fully operational.

Nextracker is migrating to domestic production to stabilise pricing and accomplish on-time shipment, stated the business's CEO as well as creator Dan Shugar. "Customers desire protection from steel as well as logistics price volatility, as well as logistics delays associated with delivery, containers, and also ports."

The action by the supplier to support supply disruptions comes as study suggests US utility-scale solar additions will contract this year as volatile commodity prices and supply chain uncertainty cause project hold-ups and terminations.

Nextracker stated it will certainly have a committed supply of critical materials in one of the fastest-growing and greatest solar markets, with Texas having actually leapfrogged The golden state last year as the top-ranked United States state for solar capacity enhancements, releasing greater than 6GW in 2021.

Giving Nextracker the ability to solution crucial markets by truck, while also supplying easy access to railways and also a deepwater port, the new line is the result of a collaboration with JM Steel, which operates a 97,000-square-foot facility at Steel Dynamics' site.

The companions touted the sustainable production procedures at the Steel Dynamics campus, with all steel made use of for the trackers made with the business's Electric Arc Furnace technology, which utilises recycled or scrap steel as a resources.

"United States steel manufacturers like Steel Dynamics Incorporated have a much cleaner, reduced carbon manufacturing processes than a lot of overseas makers," Shugar claimed.

It was revealed earlier this year that Nextracker will be spun out from moms and dad business Flex after it secured a US$ 500 million equity sale, valuing the manufacturer at around US$ 3 billion.

The business has because launched a new single-axis tracker, dubbed NX Horizon-XTR, that is created to broaden the addressable market of solar projects on sites with sloped and uneven land.

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