World’s largest solar-powered steel mill breaks ground in Colorado

Read the full story at Construction Dive.

In a step toward decarbonizing the emission-intensive steelmaking industry, Evraz North America is building the world’s largest solar-powered steel plant. 

A 300-megawatt solar farm will power Evraz’s Rocky Mountain Steel mill facility, using more than 750,000 solar panels on 1,800 acres south of Pueblo, Colorado. The Bighorn solar array is the largest onsite solar project for a single customer in the U.S. and the largest solar project east of the Rockies. 

More than 400 people are now employed in building the $500 million long rail mill, which is about 15% complete, and 400 more are expected to join the construction crew later this year, Colorado Public Radio reports. The general contractor on the project is Fargo, North Dakota-based Wanzek Construction, according to the Pueblo Chieftain.

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