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BP to Build World’s First Solar-Powered Steel Mill, 750,000 Panels Strong

Ameya Paleja of Interesting Engineering reports that BP plans to build the world’s first solar-powered steel mill.

The C3 Take
  • Colorado-based EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel Factory will now be powered exclusively by solar power.
  • Power will be generated by 750,000 solar panels, which has been made possible by a $285 million round of funding by BP, on 1,800 acres of land owned by the steel factory.
  • The transition to solar power generation will prevent 433,770 metric tons of CO2 from being emitted, the equivalent of taking 92,100 cars off the roads a year.
  • Private sector leadership is powering a cleaner energy future.

“Although Lightsource BP has both financed and owns the project, it will sell the generated electricity to Xcel Energy with whom the steel factory has a power purchasing agreement that will be in place until 2041.”

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