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Construction starts on another solar farm in Texas, as part of 400-MW CPS Energy solar project


From the January 22, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published January 22, 2014

By Jeannine Anderson
Editor

OCI Solar Power has broken ground on its third Texas solar farm 125 miles west of San Antonio in Brackettville, Texas. Upon completion later this year as part of a major economic and energy development deal with CPS Energy, the 39-megawatt Alamo 4 will produce power for approximately 6,000 homes in the greater San Antonio area, the company said. CPS Energy, the municipal utility in San Antonio, and OCI are bringing 400 MW of clean energy to the state's grid. (See "CPS Energy signs contract for 400-MW solar project," Public Power Daily, July 24, 2012.)

"Our partnership with OCI is reaping more economic and job benefits than we initially forecast," said Cris Eugster, executive vice president and chief generation and strategy officer with CPS Energy. "That is a tremendous advantage for our customers and job seekers here and across the Lone Star State."

Alamo 4 will feature more than 150,000 solar panels and cover 600 acres of privately owned land. The solar farm will use photovoltaic technology and solar equipment manufactured from OCI Solar’s solar partners in Texas to generate power for CPS Energy. Commercial operations are expected to begin by the end of this year.

OCI Solar Power partnered with Mortenson Construction, based in Minneapolis, to build Alamo 4, as well as OCI Solar’s remaining projects in Texas. Mortenson plans to establish a regional office in San Antonio. 

Last year, OCI Solar completed its 41-MW Alamo 1 project and began construction on the 4.4-MW Alamo 2. Both are located in San Antonio. Once complete in 2016, the overall 400-MW project will power 10 percent of San Antonio homes. (See "CPS Energy pact with solar firm aims to turn San Antonio into a major hub for solar development," Public Power Daily, Jan. 13, 2012.) 

 

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