400MW Solar Project In San Antonio Has Begun Construction

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Construction has now begun on OCI Solar Power’s 400MW solar energy project located in San Antonio, Texas.

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The first phase, named Alamo I, is expected to be completed by the middle of 2013. It will feature 41 MW of solar photovoltaic capacity. The project was announced last July after OCI Solar Power struck a 25-year power purchase deal with CPS Energy.

Once completed, the project will be “one of the largest municipal utility solar projects in the US and will create more than 800 jobs. As part of its plan, OCI Solar Power will develop several solar facilities that will power more than 70,000 homes. Plans for the remaining megawatts will be built through 2016. German inverter manufacturer KACO will supply its XP series inverters for installation at the project.”

As we’ve reported before, Texas has enormous solar energy potential. The sunshine that falls on Texas in ONE month contains more energy than all of the oil that has ever been pumped in the state. It’s good to see solar energy deployment moving forward there, as the state could very easily obtain all of its electricity that way.

Source: PV Tech
Image Credits: Solar Panel Installation via Duke Energy


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