Alamo 4 to go commercial this year

OCI Solar Power expects to have its 39.6MW (ac) solar PV Alamo 4 project in southwestern Texas in full commercial operation by the end of this year, an official tells Recharge.

CPS Energy, the largest US municipal electric utility, is purchasing all power from the project located in the Town of Brackettville.  It will provide electricity for 5,200 homes.

Sara Krueger, an OCI Solar spokeswoman, says the company is now completing panel installation at the site about 120 miles (193km) west of San Antonio.

In June, the North American Development Bank (NADB) and OCI Solar signed a $40m loan agreement for Alamo 4 construction.

Alamo 4 is part of OCI’s earlier announced 400MW solar energy supply deal with CPS Energy.

Project consortium partners include Nexolon America, which is supplying panels, inverter provider KACO New Energy and ERCAM, a unit of Spain’s Energia ERCAM, which will furnish solar trackers.

OCI contracted with Mortenson Construction to build Alamo 4 as well as remaining projects in Texas.

OCI and local officials estimate the partnership will bring manufacturing plants, 800 permanent jobs and an annual economic impact of $700m to Texas,