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Gerdau Invests in Solar Array in Texas

Written by Sandy Williams

Gerdau has partnered with 174 Power Global to develop one of the largest behind-the-meter solar facilities in the nation.

The companies have signed a 20-year power purchase agreement that will develop an 80-megawatt solar project adjacent to the Gerdau Midlothian Steel mill in Midlothian, Texas. An array of more than 231,00 solar panels, spanning 700 acres, will provide power directly to the steel mill. The Gerdau Solar project will utilize Gerdau’s solar beam pilings, offset the emissions of more than 13,000 average Texas households, create more than 200 construction jobs and generate $19 million in tax revenue over the next 30 years.

“Gerdau has a culture of sustainability,” said Gerdau Long Steel North America President Chia Yuan Wang. “The products from our Midlothian facility are already made from 100 percent recycled scrap metal. Developing and utilizing green energy is an innovative way to further enhance our environmental contributions.”

Construction on the Gerdau Solar facility is expected to commence by the end of 2020 and be completed at the end of 2021.

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