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Solar array project points to state steel

by Andrew Moreau | August 20, 2021 at 11:10 a.m.

Lexicon Inc. and Seal Solar on Thursday announced the state's first solar array made with locally produced steel.

"We are not only focused on building America, we are passionate about building the future," Patrick Schueck, president and chief executive officer of Lexicon, said in a statement. "This project epitomizes our strong commitment to excellence and our company's unparalleled ability to deliver iconic projects."

A more than 110-person 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 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 of Seal Solar.

U.S. Sen. John Boozman, U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford and local dignitaries joined company officials to flip the switch on the solar project.

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.

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