Episode 701

701: Nextracker and JM Steel Are Reviving American Manufacturing

Published on: 21st May, 2024

US manufacturing is back! 

We were recently invited to a ceremony to celebrate the expansion of Nextracker’s dedicated steel torque tube manufacturing lines at JM Steel’s Leetsdale facility in Pittsburgh. This historic site, formerly Bethlehem Steel(the company that produced the landing craft for Normandy during World War II) now manufactures low-carbon steel tubes for solar trackers. Among the many dignitaries present at the event were 3 people on Nico’s yet-to-be-interviewed bucket list, so he got the chance to get some genuine reaction commentary and excellent b-roll of the factory line up-and-running (see our Youtube video for that!)

You’ll hear from these 3 pioneering solar warriors in today’s episode:

  • Yuri Horowitz, CEO of Sol Systems, 
  • David Crane, DOE Undersecretary for Infrastructure, and 
  • Kelly Speakes-Backman, Executive VP, Public Affairs at Invenergy  

Each has an interesting perspective to offer on how the solar industry is reshoring manufacturing. Expect to learn:

  • How the U.S. government plans to fast-track permitting and workforce training
  • Exactly how this clean green steel factory is aiming to triple its output.
  • Ways companies like Invenergy plan to support domestic manufacturing
  • Updates on the DOE’s commitment to awarding billions in infrastructure funds.

It’s beautiful to see manufacturing returning to U.S. soil. Hit play to learn why now is the time for solar companies to reshore manufacturing… And the incentives they’ll earn for doing so.

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Nico Johnson takes you into conversations with those at the forefront of Renewable Energy.

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