CPS Energy adds 10 MW of solar at New Energy Economy project

The New Energy Economy solar project for CPS Energy has been completed with the addition of 10 MW, bringing its total output to 30 MW.

The project in Somerset, Texas, completes a 30-MW solar project with New Energy Economy partner SunEdison and adds $100,000 from the California-based company to area education efforts.

“Combined with our first launch into solar energy two years ago, our customers are now benefitting from roughly 45 MW of affordable clean energy,” said Cris Eugster, executive vice president and chief sustainability officer. “Solar is guaranteed to be there when we need it most during sunny, hot summer days. So, this project further diversifies our energy portfolio and strengthens peak demand generation.”

The 124-acre Somerset Solar Farm contains 44,280 single-axis tracking photovoltaic (PV) panels that will follow the sun throughout the day. Generating a total of 10.6 MW of emissions-free electricity, the panels will create enough energy to power about 1,600 homes.

In June, the partners celebrated the first 20 MW of the 30 MW project at the Centennial Solar Farms 1 & 2 located in south Bexar County at the San Antonio Water System Dos Rios Water Recycling Center. 

A power purchase agreement calls for CPS Energy to buy energy from SunEdison at fixed energy rates for 25 years. SunEdison financed and built the project, which created 375 construction jobs, and will oversee the operation and maintenance of the systems. Citi financed all 30 MW of the SunEdison/CPS Energy projects, which included both the Centennial and Somerset solar farms.

CPS Energy now offers its customers 44.8 MW of solar energy, with 14.4 MW at Blue Wing Solar Farm, 19.8 at Centennial and 10.6 in Somerset. CPS, the municipal utility of San Antonio, Texas, is on track to exceed its Vision 2020 goal of 1,500 MW of renewable energy by the year 2020.