Renewvia’s rooftop system, one of the largest commercial distributed rooftop solar arrays in the state of Alabama, includes 2,296 solar photovoltaic panels providing 746 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. SteelFab 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 MW of solar power, cutting their combined power costs by nearly 50 percent and offsetting over 1,500 metric tons of carbon annually.
“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.”