Arkansas-based steel manufacturer Lexicon and solar company Seal Solar unveiled Thursday (Aug. 19) in Blytheville the state’s first solar array made with locally produced steel. U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., and U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, joined company officials to flip the switch on the historic project.
“We are not only focused on ‘Building America,’ we are passionate about building the future,” said Patrick Schueck, president and CEO of Lexicon, which has operations in Little Rock and Northeast Arkansas. “This project epitomizes our strong commitment to excellence and our company’s unparalleled ability to deliver iconic projects.”
A more than 110-person combined construction team from Seal Solar and LightWave Solar designed and installed the 4,050-panel, 1.5-megawatt array near Lexicon’s Blytheville plant. The renewable energy project includes more than 550 piers, built with Arkansas-produced steel.
“We are proud to put our state’s ingenuity at the forefront of the clean energy revolution with this groundbreaking project,” said Heather Nelson, co-founder and president. “We applaud Lexicon for its forward-thinking and, like us, its dedication to powering Arkansas’ future.”
When combined with more than 6,500 modules at Lexicon’s Carlisle property, the Blytheville array will offset an estimated 50% of the company’s total electrical costs.
“We can be incredibly proud that Arkansas companies are developing strategies and implementing new and innovative solutions that provide affordable energy,” said Boozman. “This project demonstrates the benefits solar energy offers to help Arkansans save money as well as the value that locally produced steel is adding to the region’s economy. I’m pleased to celebrate the launch of this initiative in the Natural State and will continue to support policies that secure American energy independence.”
“These Arkansas companies reflect the innovation that America needs in order to remain at the forefront of the 21st century economy,” said Crawford. “I congratulate Lexicon and Seal Solar for their successful collaboration on this promising project.”