OCI breaks ground on fourth plant at America’s largest municipal utility solar project

15 January 2014 (Last Updated January 15th, 2014 18:30)

OCI Solar Power has begun construction of the 39MW Alamo 4 solar power plant, located 125 miles west of San Antonio in Brackettville in Texas, the US.

OCI Solar Power has begun construction of the 39MW Alamo 4 solar power plant, located 125 miles west of San Antonio in Brackettville in Texas, the US.

Once it is operational in 2014, the plant will feature more than 150,000 solar panels from OCI Solar Power's Texas solar partners and generate enough electricity to power around 6,000 homes in Greater San Antonio.

"Our fast movement around the state is reflective of the renewable energy landscape in the US. It's growing quickly."

The plant, which will spread across more than 600 acres of privately-owned land, represents one of the seven phases of a 400MW solar power project being developed by OCI Solar Power on Binz-Engelman Road.

The project, which is claimed to be Texas' largest solar farm and the largest municipal utility solar project in the country, will create approximately 800 long-term jobs and inject an estimated $700m investment into the local economy annually.

The remaining six phases include 41MW Alamo I, which is currently operating, 4.4MW Alamo 2, 5MW Alamo 3, and Alamo 5, 6 and 7, each of which will have at least 100MW.

The project will sell its entire output to CPS Energy under a 25-year power purchase agreement signed between the companies in July 2012 to develop, own and operate the project, which will power 10% of San Antonio homes when completed in 2016.

Mortenson Construction is responsible for the construction of the Alamo 4 plant in addition to OCI Solar Power's remaining projects throughout Texas.

OCI Solar Power president and CEO Tony Dorazio said, "Alamo 4 is our first Texas project outside of the Greater San Antonio area. Our fast movement around the state is reflective of the renewable energy landscape in the US. It's growing quickly."

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