Construction begins on 80-MW behind-the-meter solar project in Texas

Construction of the Gerdau Solar project, one of the largest behind-the-meter solar installations in the United States, has begun.

The 700-acre site, directly adjacent to the Gerdau Midlothian Steel Mill in Midlothian, Texas, consists of more than 231,000 solar panels and Gerdau’s solar beam poles. The Gerdau Solar project will power the Midloth steel plant

“Panoramic ground at the Gerdau Solar project is an important milestone that will increase our solar footprint and bring us one step closer to generating more clean power for Texas,” said Henry Yun, president of 174 Power Worldwide. “We are excited to partner with Gerdau and TotalEnergies as we begin construction on one of the largest BTM solar installations in the nation that will bring environmental and economic benefits to Midlothian.”

The project will create more than 200 construction jobs and generate an estimated $19 million in tax revenue over the next 30 years. Gerdau Solar is expected to be commissioned commercially in the summer of 2023. TotalEnergies and 174 Power Global formed a joint venture to develop the solar energy project.

“TotalEnergies is proud to partner with 174 Power Global and Gerdau on one of the largest behind-the-meter solar power plants in the US. This groundbreaking ceremony is concrete proof of our shared will to make the energy transition a reality ,” said Marc-Antoine Pignon, General Manager of TotalEnergies Renewables USA. “This project represents our company’s commitment to continued expansion in the U.S. utility-scale solar market and supports our ambition to reach several gigawatts of gross renewable energy generating capacity in the U.S. by 2025.”

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