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With Activation Of New Solar Site, OCI Brings Power To 25,000 More Homes Per Year

Ryan Loyd

OCI Solar Power announced Thursday that it has "flipped the switch" on 39 megawatts of solar power at the Alamo 4 project, making the newly completed solar farm just west of San Antonio operational.

OCI officials say the company is on track to bring an additional 145 megawatts of solar power to the state by the end of this year.

OCI’s Alamo 4 Project just brought online in Brackettville means more than half of the company’s projects in Texas are now complete or underway; that’s according to OCI president and CEO Tony Dorazio. Dorazio said the completion of Alamo 4 means they will begin construction on the Alamo 3 project in San Antonio and the Alamo 5 project in Uvalde.

The Brackettville solar project generates 39 megawatts for CPS Energy, enough to power 25,000 homes annually.

As OCI’s largest solar project, Alamo 5 will generate 100 megawatts of clean energy and cover more than 1,000 acres of private land. The Alamo 3 project will produce 5.5 megawatts at its location which it leases from the San Antonio River authority, near Loop 1604 and I-10 on the San Antonio East Side.  

The Alamo 3 project will be the first to use locally-produced solar panels from Mission Solar Energy, which employs about 200 people at its location at Brooks City-Base.

According to its agreement with CPS Energy, OCI and its partners will bring 400 megawatts of clean energy to the state by the time all the projects are completed in 2016. Once complete, the projects will provide solar power for 10% of San Antonio’s residential energy needs.

Eileen Pace is a veteran radio and print journalist with a long history of investigative and feature reporting in San Antonio and Houston, earning more than 50 awards for investigative reporting, documentaries, long-form series, features, sports stories, outstanding anchoring and best use of sound.