Commercial, Solar - July 17, 2023
Valmont Industries Adds Solar in Indiana
Valmont Industries, a global provider of infrastructure and advanced agricultural productivity through technology, added a solar installation on-site at the Bristol, Indiana facility.
The solar project is designed to offset 100% of the plant’s electricity usage. Construction began in July 2022 and was completed in June 2023.
Ameresco, a cleantech integrator specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy, installed 718 kilowatts-direct current/500 kilowatts-alternating current of ground-mounted PV modules utilizing Valmont’s very-own racking and Convert single-axis tracking system.
The system will produce approximately 980,000 kWh of electricity annually, offsetting nearly 766 tons of carbon dioxide emissions in its first year alone. Over 25 years, which is the expected life of the solar project, the installation will offset approximately 18,040 tons of emissions.
Valmont Industries is a large producer of utility structures in North America. The facility is the first concrete utility pole plant built in the Northeast/Midwest region of the country, improving freight costs for customers and emissions from transportation to northern U.S. markets. The facility’s centrifugally spun, pre-stressed concrete process also reduces weight while maintaining strength.
“The eco-concrete utility pole product launching at the Bristol facility and its onsite solar array showcase Valmont’s focus as an industrial technology company delivering disruptive technologies to lead and transform the industries we serve,” said Aaron Schapper, Group President, Infrastructure, Valmont in a statement. “As part of the long-term need for critical infrastructure, we recognize the vital role energy generation and transmission products will play in the energy transition super cycle as well as the importance of sustainability in the products, services and solutions we deliver that conserve resources and improve life. How we deliver is just as important as what we deliver.”