OCI Solar begins construction of largest PV plant in Texas

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By Tom Kenning | Jun 12, 2015 8:48 AM BST

Solar developer OCI Solar Power has commenced construction on the largest solar plant in Texas, the 110MW Alamo 6 project in Pecos County.

Located on 486 hectares of private land, the plant is part of seven worksites for a 400MW project, which OCI Solar Power is constructing for Greater San Antonio utility CPS Energy. Under an agreement between the two companies, OCI will bring 800 long-term jobs to the area.

The plant will be developed, owned and operated by OCI. Sun Action Trackers will provide a dual-axis tracker system and Mission Solar Energy will provide modules. KACO new energy will supply inverters.

Meanwhile, OCI has contracted with Mortenson Construction to construct the plant. Construction is due to finish during the fourth quarter of 2016.

OCI said this will be one of the largest dual-axis projects globally.

The plants making up the 400MW project are:

  • Alamo 1 – 39MW at San Antonio. operational
  • Alamo 2 – 4MW at Converse. operational
  • Alamo 3 – 6MW at Converse. operational
  • Alamo 4 – 38MW at Bracketville. operational
  • Alamo 5 – 95MW at Uvalde. under construction
  • Alamo 6 – 110MW at Bakersfield. under construction
  • Alamo 7 – 106MW at Haskell. under development

SH Yoon, president and chief executive of OCI Solar Power, said: “The Alamo 6 project will be built using components that are made exclusively in San Antonio. 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.”

Cris Eugster, group executive vice president and chief generation and strategy officer of CPS Energy, said: “The size of these farms symbolize our commitment to solar power and renewable energy development.”