OCI Solar Power has broken ground on San Antonio’s newest solar project, Alamo II. The solar farm is now under construction on Binz-Engelman Road. Alamo II is the second phase of the 400 MW OCI Solar Power is developing for CPS Energy as part of a 25-year power purchase agreement.
The 4.4 megawatt solar farm will sit on 45 acres owned by the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) near the organization’s Upper Martinez waste water treatment plant. Commercial operations are expected to begin at the end of this year.
“The Alamo II solar project allows SARA to support an important clean energy project by repurposing public land to generate solar power for the community. The project also generates revenue for SARA and power that will support the operation of SARA’s wastewater treatment facilities, which ultimately helps SARA produce clean water for our river system.” said Suzanne Scott, SARA’s General Manager.
“OCI Solar Power’s partnership with SARA further enhances the public/private connection of our solar deal, and demonstrates how it is touching this community,” said Frank Almaraz, CPS Energy vice president of corporate development and planning. “Local companies and workers are benefitting from the short-term construction jobs, and the lion’s share of permanent jobs are just months away from becoming reality.”
Phase I of the 400 megawatt project, Alamo I, will begin delivering energy later this year. Once complete in 2016, the 400 megawatt project will power 10 percent of San Antonio homes.
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