First solar-powered Steel Facility in U.S will replace 2 coal plants, helping industry go greener

In spite of slow growth in global CO2 emission during 2019 compared to 2018, it hits a new record and reaches 37 million tons. The steel industry has a massive carbon footprint, as much as 6% to 7% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to a Rocky Mountain Institute study.

Xcel Energy and Lightsource BP reached an agreement to develop 240 MW solar power facility in Pueblo, Colorado. The solar facility supply the electricity demand of the EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel facility. This is not the only steel facility which is powered up by the renewable source of energies, but it is the first steel facility in the United States that is planning to power by “solar energy”.

The dropping down of solar electricity price compared to coal-powered electricity as well as renewable energy goals of Xcel Energy, made them be on the track of reducing their environmental footprint. With this agreement, they also managed to close down two coal-powered plants.

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