ATLANTA, Ga. – Today, Renewvia Energy announced that it has successfully completed the largest commercial distributed rooftop solar array in the state of Alabama. Renewvia’s rooftop system includes 2,296 solar photovoltaic panels providing 746 kilowatt (kW) of power to SteelFab’s Roanoke steel fabrication plant, a major economic driver for the eastern Alabama town that is home to around 6,000 people.
“We’ve been operating in Roanoke, Alabama, for more than two decades,” said Stuart Sherrill, SteelFab Inc. regional president and president of SteelFab Alabama. “Our investment in solar is an investment in our company and the communities where we work. By lowering our electricity costs, we’re able to produce high-quality products more efficiently and decrease waste.”
SteelFab, which has more than 1,000 employees in 14 locations across the Southeast and Texas, began partnering with Renewvia in 2016 to deploy an innovative strategy to reduce energy costs at rural factories and offset its overall carbon footprint. The Alabama facility is the fourth steel fabrication plant to be upgraded by Renewvia, which installed similar solar arrays at SteelFab facilities in Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia. The four rooftop systems are altogether generating 1.67 megawatt (MW) of solar power, cutting their combined power costs by nearly 50 percent and offsetting over 1,500 metric tons of carbon annually.
“Manufacturers are faced with large fixed power costs that will only increase over time,” said Renewvia co-Founder and President Trey Jarrard. “We’re proud to help SteelFab own as much power as possible and reduce operation costs at their plants.”
SteelFab’s Roanoke plant, which generates more than six times more energy than the new array at NASA’s historic Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, is Renewvia’s first commercial solar project in Alabama. It also marks the second time that the company has broken a state record for the largest commercial distributed rooftop solar array. Last year, Renewvia installed 2,710 solar panels across a 90,000 square-foot roof at a Worthen Industries facility in Nashua, New Hampshire, generating approximately half of the facility’s energy needs for the 150 year-old American manufacturer.
Renewvia Energy Corporation is a top 500 Global Solar Developer headquartered in the Atlanta, Ga. It designs, installs, owns and operates commercial and community solar power systems across three continents and provides a complete range of solar energy solutions including turnkey solar installation, integrated financing and solar consulting services.
About SteelFab, Inc.
Founded in 1955 by J. Glenn Sherrill, SteelFab, Inc. is a leading AISC certified fabricator of structural steel in the United States, providing Steel Fabrication, Project Management, Subcontract Steel Erection, Connection Design and Steel Detailing which all combine to turn a commodity into a turn-key service. With over 1,000 employees in 14 locations across the Southeast and Texas, SteelFab has the resources and expertise to handle today’s challenging projects, whether it’s 200 tons or 20,000 tons. SteelFab prides itself on outstanding customer service and on-time, on-budget delivery of a superior product.
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