OCI Solar units file exempt generator notices for 268 MW of Texas projects

Three project affiliates of OCI Solar Power LLC filed on Nov. 4 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission notices of self-certification as exempt wholesale generators.

  • OCI Alamo 6 LLC is developing a 112.1-MW (ac) solar project in Pecos County, Texas, that is due for commercial operation in October 2016. All of its output is to be sold to CPS Energy, the municipal utility for San Antonio, under a 25-year power purchase agreement which has extension options beyond that.
  • OCI Alamo 7 LLC is developing a 106.4-MW (ac) solar project in Haskell County, Texas, that is due for commercial operation in December 2016. It will sell its output to CPS Energy under a 25-year PPA with extension options.
  • OCI Solar TRE LLC is developing a 50-MW (ac) solar project in Pecos County, Texas, that is due for commercial operation in December 2016, Again, the customer is CPS Energy under a 25-year PPA with extension options.

CPS Energy had announced on Oct. 15 that it has signed a 50-MW power purchase agreement OCI Solar Power. This new contract is in addition to a previous 400 MW of solar that CPS had contracted for with this company.

“Clean technology generation sources continue to be optimal in an environment of carbon regulation, and we are thrilled to build on our existing solar ecosystem in San Antonio,” stated President and CEO Doyle Beneby. “With this recent agreement, we are staying true to our New Energy Economy framework with OCI Solar using locally manufactured panels and increasing their community education investments.”

To date, 90 MW of energy are online from the original 400 MW PPA, bringing CPS Energy’s total solar portfolio to 134 MW. Another 95 MW will be added by the end of 2015. By fall 2016, the entire 450 MW will be complete.

After CPS Energy signed the renewable energy agreement with OCI Solar Power in 2012, construction began on a series of installations. The sites are in Greater San Antonio, Uvalde, Bracketville, and north and west Texas. Alamo 1 through 5 are now complete with the 95-MW Alamo 5 site scheduled to be officially energized late this year. Alamo 6 and 7 are under construction.

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