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400 MW solar project launched in US

25 year Texas project will see start of $100m high-tech manufacturing op and put state in top five US solar producers

The solar project will provide enough electricity for nearly 70,000 local households for 25 years

A 400 MW US solar project has been launched in Texas. The San Antonio project, which is the largest in the nation among municipal utilities, will provide enough electricity for nearly 70,000 local households for 25 years. It is set to catapult Texas into the top five US solar producing states.

The landmark project, which involves US firms CPS Energy and OCI Solar Power, will deliver an estimated USD 100m high-tech US manufacturing operation in south San Antonio. The deal, which CPS Energy said is a unique, first-of-its kind, manufacturing-to-generation contract, will bring work to several manufacturing facilities that produce solar panel components and create over 800 jobs in San Antonio.

CPS Energy president and CEO Doyle Beneby, said: “With 400 MW of solar, we attain zero-emissions energy to help hedge against environmental regulations; provide much needed generation during peak demand; and obtain affordable renewables while enhancing job opportunities for our customers and economic development for the entire region.”

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, added: “CPS Energy’s pursuit of clean energy and energy efficiency has attracted seven clean technology companies and a commitment, thus far, of a million dollars to local education. Those are the kinds of partnerships we welcome as we focus on our city’s current and future needs.”

OCI Solar Power is delving into its first project in Texas with the mega solar agreement, which is estimated to have a projected annual economic impact of USD 700 million for Greater San Antonio.

OCI Solar Power has created a consortium of partners to deliver 400 MW of solar to CPS Energy throughout the 25-year life of the agreement. According to the contract, members of the OCI Solar Power consortium will build facilities in San Antonio to produce components for solar power generation such as modules, trackers and inverters used to supply the North American market. The company aims to bring the first 50 MW of solar power online in the CPS Energy service area by mid 2013.