Two sites belonging to US Steel are to be powered by a 312 MW Arkansas solar project, which is expected to reach commercial operations in 2024.

The Arkansas Public Service Commission announced the approval of Driver Solar, a 312 MWdc solar facility developed by Lightsource bp. The project, planned to provide power to US Steel’s Big River facility, and its $3 billion mill which is currently under construction, is expected to be large enough to power the equivalent of 40,000 homes.

“Driver Solar not only helps us meet our robust sustainability goals, but it will also help us deliver sustainable steel solutions for our customers.”

Richard Fruehauf, US Steel senior vice president, chief strategy and sustainability officer

“Driver Solar not only helps us meet our robust sustainability goals, but it will also help us deliver sustainable steel solutions for our customers,” said US Steel senior vice president, chief strategy and sustainability officer Richard Fruehauf.

“The renewable energy generated will power the production of verdeXTM, our advanced sustainable steel product, which is composed of up to 90% recycled steel content, as well as other products produced at our Big River Works facility,” said Fruehauf.

Lightsource bp has completed development and permitting of the solar facility and will build the project under a build-transfer agreement with Entergy Arkansas. It is expected to bring 350 to 400 jobs during the construction phase.

The project is conservatively estimated to bring $36 million in property taxes to Mississippi County over 30 years of operation.

“Arkansas’ largest solar project will help build American-made sustainable steel, as well as create hundreds of US jobs for construction and across the supply chain.”

Kevin Smith, Lighthouse bp CEO of the Americas

“Arkansas’ largest solar project will help build American-made sustainable steel, as well as create hundreds of US jobs for construction and across the supply chain,” said Kevin Smith, Lighthouse bp CEO of the Americas.