Large Dual-Axis Solar Project Goes Online In Texas


ConEdison Development has dedicated Alamo 5, a 118 MW DC/95 MW AC dual-axis solar installation in Uvalde and Knippa, Texas.

The 378,000-panel, 990-acre project will deliver clean energy to San Antonio-based municipal utility CPS Energy, and San Antonio-based Sun Action Trackers produced the dual-axis trackers, which utilize a patented “solar-sensing” technology designed to capture maximum solar resource.

“The dedication of Alamo 5 represents a significant milestone in our commitment to generate at least 65 percent of our energy from low- or no-carbon resources by 2020,” says Cris Eugster, CPS Energy’s executive vice president and chief generation and strategy officer.

The Uvalde installation is one of a total of five Alamo solar facilities presently serving CPS Energy. ConEdison Development has played a development, ownership or operating role in three of the completed projects, and San Antonio-based OCI Solar Power is the contracted developer of a total of 10 projects, delivering 450 MW overall to CPS Energy. All of the installations will be complete by year-end.

Furthermore, CPS Energy says Alamo 5 helps fulfill the utility’s ambitious New Energy Economy initiative. As of the start of this year, the initiative’s impact includes the creation of more than 950 jobs, $57 million in payroll and an annual economic benefit of $1.6 billion. The company adds that the New Energy Economy maximizes the local economic development benefits generated by strategic investments in clean energy and innovative technologies like solar power, LED lighting and smart grid infrastructure.

For example, in addition to trackers from Sun Action Trackers, Alamo 5 features panels and inverters from local companies Mission Solar and KACO new energy, respectively.

“CPS Energy has emerged as a national pacesetter in the world of renewable energy, and our company is proud to play a strategic role in helping them fulfill their vision to Greater San Antonio,” says Mark Noyes, president and CEO of ConEdison Development.  “CPS Energy also deserves praise for ensuring that their clean energy initiative yields major local and statewide economic development benefits for Texans.”

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