Texas cooperative files interconnect deal for 100-MW solar project

South Texas Electric Cooperative (STEC) on March 16 filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas a May 2014 ERCOT Standard Interconnection Agreement between STEC and OCI Alamo 5 LLC.

This agreement covers the 100-MW Downie Ranch Solar photovoltaic project, which has a Point of Interconnection at the Downie substation. The project has a scheduled commercial operation date of Nov. 2, 2015.

An OCI Alamo contact is: Paul Whitacre, Vice President of Operations, pwhitacre@ocisolarpower.com.

Said a September 2014 OCI Solar Power announcement about the status of earlier phases of the OCI Alamo project, which is sized at a total of 400 MW: “Alamo 5 is OCI Solar Power’s largest solar project at 100 MW. Located 80 miles west of San Antonio in Uvalde, Texas, Alamo 5 will cover more than 1,000 acres of privately-owned land. The project will feature equipment from OCI Solar Power’s San Antonio-based manufacturing partners KACO new energy, Mission Solar Energy and Sun Action Trackers. Construction is expected to be complete in early 2016.”

The September 2014 announcement added: “OCI Solar Power and its partners are bringing 400 MW of clean energy to Texas as part of a solar agreement with CPS Energy. The 400 MW project resulted in the largest economic development agreement between a municipal utility and private company. The deal is designed to encourage clean energy manufacturing, create 800 permanent jobs and result in an annual economic impact of $700 million to Greater San Antonio. To date, the partners have created more than 380 solar jobs in Texas. Once complete in 2016, the 400 MW project will power 10 percent of San Antonio’s homes.”

Filed in December 2014 at the Texas Public Utility Commission was a Standard Generator Interconnection Agreement between LCRA Transmission Services and OCI Alamo 6 LLC for a 160-MW (ac) solar project in Pecos County. That agreement covers two project phases:

  • Phase I – 110 MW (ac) in size to be in commercial operation by May 31, 2016; and
  • Phase II – 50 MW (ac) in size to be commercially operating by Sept. 30, 2016.

That project will interconnect to the grid at LCRA’s new TSC Tunas Creek Substation in Pecos County.

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