AEP files system upgrade deal related to OCI Alamo 6 solar project

American Electric Power Service Corp., on behalf of its affiliate AEP Texas North Co., filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Aug. 5 a copy of Service Agreement No. 749 under its Open Access Transmission Service Tariff, with that agreement dated July 16 and with OCI Alamo 6 LLC.

The agreement provides for upgrades to relaying facilities at AEP’s Rio Pecos station. “The Generator’s planned 160 MW capacity solar generation project is expected to go into commercial operation May 31, 2016,” the filing noted. “The AEP OATT applies to transmission service to AEP’s wholesale customers in the Electric Reliability Council of 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. 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.”

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

  • 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.

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

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