US photo voltaic tracker producer Nextracker and metal producer BCI Metal have reopened the Bethlehem metal manufacturing manufacturing unit in Leetsdale, Pittsburgh that can course of metal and produce photo voltaic tracker tools for utility-scale photo voltaic tasks.
That is Nextracker’s third new manufacturing unit, including to its Texas and Arizona factories introduced in April and Might, respectively. The corporate goals to determine 10GW of annual photo voltaic tracker capability within the US amid rising requires reshoring of the nation’s PV provide chain.
Part of this “dedication to rebuilding America’s metal and photo voltaic provide chains”, Nextracker stated it had already procured over 100,000 tonnes of US made metal to this point this 12 months, sufficient for roughly 5GW of photo voltaic trackers.
The metal processing facility, which Nextracker stated was ideally situated subsequent to key transport infrastructure, will comprise BCI Metal’s new and reshored tools from factories in Malaysia and Brazil and photo voltaic tracker merchandise produced on the manufacturing unit will serve photo voltaic markets within the US states of Pennsylvania, Indiana, New York, and Ohio.
Talking with PV Tech previous to the announcement at the moment, Nextracker president Howard Wenger stated the funding would permit the corporate to “present glorious on-time supply to our prospects” and gave it the “pure hedge for our world provide chain that can stabilise prices and costs”.
The final 12 months has seen the price of uncooked supplies rise and logistical challenges following the pandemic resulting in delayed deliveries and hovering transport prices, with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine inflicting better geopolitical tensions and additional destabilising provide chains. This has result in renewed calls to reshore manufacturing capability within the US to assist defend towards future provide shocks.
When requested by PV Tech how uncovered Nextracker’s provide chain was to ex-US shocks, Wenger stated: “Our provide chain is in an excellent place now that we’re getting our third US manufacturing facility up and working… The necessity for native manufacturing and supply is particularly amplified within the context of macro disruptions just like the pandemic and struggle in Ukraine. It’s early days for Nextracker’s US manufacturing initiative, however it’s already paying off.”
“BCI Metal’s Pittsburgh manufacturing unit allows the quick-ship response occasions we have to meet booming demand from our prospects within the Mid-Atlantic and Heartland areas,” stated Dan Shugar, CEO and founding father of Nextracker. “This funding will enhance the resilience of the US photo voltaic provide chain and convey manufacturing jobs, tools and capability again to America.”
Shifting ahead, Nextracker stated manufacturing incentives would speed up the home improvement of key components of the PV provide chain and speed up PV deployment. “We expect home manufacturing incentives might create and speed up a powerful US photo voltaic provide chain which might accomplish various the federal government’s targets,” stated Wenger.