When you think of Texas, oil is probably the first thing that comes to mind. But that viewpoint may be about to change. San Antonio-based OCI Solar Power LLC announced that they have started construction on the 110-megawatt (MW) Alamo 6 solar plant located in Pecos County, Texas. Once it is complete, this will be the largest solar plant in Texas and one of the largest dual-axis solar projects in the world.
The Alamo 6 plant is located on approximately 1,200 acres of private land, is part of a 400MW project. The record setting plant is being constructed by OCI Solar Power for CPS Energy, Greater San Antonio’s energy company. The region will benefit from 800 long term jobs from the Alamo 6 project in addition to clean, renewable energy.
“The Alamo 6 project will be built using components that are made exclusively in San Antonio,” says SH Yoon, President and CEO of OCI Solar Power. “Our agreement with CPS Energy demonstrates the economic development capacity that we bring to the communities we serve. We are excited to begin construction on what will be the largest solar plant in Texas.”
The San Antonio area is lucky to have a diverse array of solar industry companies that call it “home”. As a result of this, the Alamo 6 project will feature San Antonio-made products : including a dual-axis tracker system from Sun Action Trackers ; solar modules from Mission Solar Energy; inverters will be supplied by KACO new energy. OCI Solar Power has contracted with Mortenson Construction to construct the project.
“The size of these farms symbolize our commitment to solar power and renewable energy development,” says Cris Eugster, Group Executive Vice President and Chief Generation & Strategy Officer of CPS Energy. “More importantly, they highlight the innovation and technology of our New Energy Economy partners and how we work together to bring jobs and economic development to a community.”
An estimated 250 temporary jobs will be brought to the Pecos County, Texas area during the construction phase of the project. In total, there are seven worksites associated with the overall 400MW Alamo project, with the largest being Alamo 6:
|Plant Name||Capacity (MWac)||Location||Status|
|Alamo 1||39.18MW||San Antonio, TX||Operational|
|Alamo 2||4.4MW||Converse, TX||Operational|
|Alamo 3||5.5MW||Converse, TX||Operational|
|Alamo 4||37.62MW||Bracketville, TX||Operational|
|Alamo 5||95MW||Uvalde, TX||Under Construction|
|Alamo 6||110.2MW||Bakersfield, TX||Under Construction|
|Alamo 7||106.4MW||Haskell, TX||Under Development|
Construction is scheduled to complete on the Alamo 6 project during the fourth quarter of 2016.
Tracey is an accountant and entrepreneur with a passion for nature. This passion is what spurred her interest in renewable energy, and the rest is history as they say. Tracey is a principal in Energy Think Group, the publisher of Solar Thermal Magazine and Tek-Think. She is also the principal at Women's Financial Help Desk. She spends her free time in the outdoors with her horses and dogs. She loves to travel.