Construction starts on Alamo 6, the largest solar plant in Texas

San Antonio-based OCI Solar Power LLC announced June 11 the start of construction on the 110-MW (ac) Alamo 6 solar project, which will be the largest solar plant in Texas and one of the largest dual-axis solar projects in the world.

The Alamo 6 plant, located on approximately 1,200 acres of private land in Pecos County, is part of a 400-MW project OCI Solar Power is constructing for CPS Energy, the municipal utiility for the city of San Antonio. As part of the agreement with CPS Energy, OCI Solar Power has committed to bring over 800 long-term jobs to the San Antonio area. Construction is scheduled to complete on the Alamo 6 project during the fourth quarter of 2016.

“The Alamo 6 project will be built using components that are made exclusively in San Antonio,” said S.H. 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 plant will be developed, owned and operated by OCI Solar Power and will feature San Antonio-made products from the company’s affiliates, including a dual-axis tracker system from Sun Action Trackers and solar modules from Mission Solar Energy. Inverters will be supplied by KACO new energy, also located in San Antonio. OCI Solar Power has contracted with Mortenson Construction to build the project.

“The size of these farms symbolize our commitment to solar power and renewable energy development,” said 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.”

In total, there are seven worksites associated with the overall 400MW Alamo project, with the largest being Alamo 6:

  • Alamo 1, 39.2 MW (ac), operational;
  • Alamo 2, 4.4 MW (ac), operational;
  • Alamo 3, 5.5 MW (ac), operational;
  • Alamo 4, 37.6 MW (ac), operational;
  • Alamo 5, 95 MW, under construction;
  • Alamo 6, 110.2 MW (ac), under construction; and
  • Alamo 7, 106.4 MW (ac), under development.

OCI Alamo 7 LLC on May 19 filed a registration as a power generator with the Public Utility Commission of Texas related to its project in Haskell County. On May 19, OCI Alamo 6 LLC filed with the Texas commission a registration as a producer of renewable energy credits for its project.

San Antonio, Texas-based OCI Solar Power is owned by Atlanta-based OCI Enterprises

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