Commercial Metals Company announced that their micro mill in Mesa in Arizona, CMC Steel Arizona, has begun receiving renewable energy from Salt River Project’s new Saint Solar electricity generation plant. CMC Steel Arizona was one of the original customers to join the first phase of SRP’s Sustainable Energy program that was announced in 2018. The Saint Solar plant, located in Coolidge in Arizona, is a 100-megawatt utility-based solar array that will provide renewable energy to CMC Steel Arizona and others in the SRP community.
Constructed in 2009, CMC Steel Arizona is one of the most efficient and green steel producing facilities in the world. As a micro mill utilizing scrap based Electric Arc Furnace technology, CMC is helping to preserve natural resources. On August 13, 2020, CMC announced plans to build its third micro mill AZ2 adjacent to CMC Steel Arizona. The mill will be the first in the world to produce merchant bar quality products through a continuous-continuous production process. AZ2 will feature Danieli’s Q-One technology which will allow CMC to have a direct connection between the EAF and Ladle Furnace to renewable energy sources. This technology reduces electricity transmission losses as compared to traditional methods and associated operating costs.