About US-Manufactured Ground Screws

With 75 years of experience in fabricating tubular parts and welded assemblies for high-volume markets, BDI is a leader in contract manufacturing. Our expertise in production, supply chain management, and scheduling supports our client’s needs, ensuring the timely delivery of superior products. Our solar ground screws are specifically engineered to meet the demands of large-scale PV projects across the United States.

We are BDI. Engineering and fabricating high volume tubular parts and welded assemblies since 1946.

Frequently Asked Questions

Take a look at some frequently asked questions we receive regarding US-manufactured solar ground screws and their usage in various projects:

At BDI, our solar ground screws are designed specifically for durability and longevity. Under typical environments, they can last for over 30 years. Their extended lifespan means your investment remains secure for decades.

We manufacture ground screws built to withstand harsh elements like rain, snow, wind, and hail. Their robust design gives you peace of mind that your large-scale PV farm isn’t going anywhere. While our screws are durable, proper maintenance extends their long lifespans even further.

Longevity is key in the ground screw market. The material should be able to withstand the elements and keep your solar structures fastened year-round.

The best material for long-lasting ground screws is hot-dipped galvanized carbon steel, combining the strength and affordability of carbon steel with the exceptional corrosion resistance of zinc. The process involves dipping the steel into high-temperature zinc, which metallurgically bonds with it to create a protective coating.

This extra layer safeguards the steel from moisture, salt, and other corrosive elements. Additionally, carbon steel provides superior strength compared to other options. Since solar ground screws must bear significant weight and withstand potential lateral wind or shifting soil, the stronger the material, the better.

Yes, our US-manufactured ground screws undergo stringent quality control processes during manufacturing. Ensuring the durability and consistency of ground screws is a necessity for safe and long-lasting solar PV installations. Our attention to detail ensures every ground screw we manufacture seamlessly integrates into your structures.

Our procedures begin with the raw materials. We conduct meticulous inspections to confirm the properties meet our high standards for strength and structural integrity before distribution. Throughout the manufacturing process, we employ multiple checkpoints that analyze weld strength, dimensional accuracy, and thread formation.

We also thoroughly evaluate the zinc coating surface across each screw to ensure uniform protection and extend lifespans in harsh environments. Lastly, we subject our ground screws to rigorous performance tests simulating real-world conditions. As a result, you can be confident that, through our comprehensive quality control measures, every solar ground screw we produce is reliable.

The average lead time for bulk orders typically ranges between 6 to 8 weeks. However, this timeframe can vary based on factors such as order size, customization requirements, and logistical considerations. BDI works closely with clients to manage expectations and accommodate specific timeline needs within operational possibilities.

Large-scale projects frequently require efficient solutions. Ground screws offer unmatched advantages that traditional foundations like concrete struggle to replicate.

Unlike traditional foundations that require curing, ground screws boast reduced installation times. This translates to faster project completions and lower labor costs on large-scale solar PV projects.

As projects scale, preserving the natural landscape becomes increasingly crucial. Ground screws eliminate the need for the excavation and groundwork common to concrete foundations. Choosing ground screws minimizes environmental impact and reduces soil hauling to streamline the process.

Ground screws also excel in adapting to diverse ground conditions. Whatever the terrain, from uneven surfaces to slopes, their versatility simplifies installation and promotes security. Incorporating BDI’s ground screws into your large-scale project planning lets you reap the benefits of efficiency and environmental preservation.

While many screws are produced offshore – even when the company professes to be “American” – BDI manufactures them in St. Louis, Missouri, using 100% domestically produced steel. We can also fabricate ground screws with a hybrid method of blended offshore and domestic content. This provides flexibility in sourcing while supporting local industries.

Given the booming nature of today’s solar industry, those who source a specific percentage of their project with US-manufactured components receive an additional 10% bonus as part of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC). BDI’s solar ground screws qualify for bonus US content when we manufacture them using 100% domestic steel.

Percentages of domestic content required vary depending on project size and start date. However, our ground screws can help get you there. Not only do you benefit from a high-quality, US-manufactured product, but you’ll also maximize your ITC incentives.

Why Should You Partner With BDI?

BDI is committed to providing high-quality, reliable US-manufactured ground screw solutions. We will meet your project’s specific needs, ensuring successful implementation and long-term stability. Our experience and technical expertise allow us to offer customized solutions that address even the most challenging requirements.

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