The first phase of Texas' 400 MW solar power project is now commercially operating in San Antonio. The 41 MW Alamo I solar farm is phase one of a 400 MW development.
Alamo I will generate energy for 6,600 homes powered by CPS Energy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 57,000 tons — the equivalent of taking 9,500 cars off the road in Greater San Antonio. More than 167,000 solar panels cover the 450-acre solar farm.
The solar power project resulted in the largest economic development agreement between a municipal utility and private company. The partnership will bring manufacturing, 800 permanent jobs and an annual economic impact of $700 million to Texas.
OCI Solar Power and three manufacturing partners established headquarters in San Antonio. To date, the consortium is responsible for creating more than 150 permanent jobs and 600 temporary construction jobs in the area.
Another solar project, Alamo II, will bring an additional 4.4 MW to San Antonio upon completion in early 2014.