CPS Energy Signs 14-MW Solar PV PPA

CPS Energy and juwi solar have signed a 30-year power purchase agreement that will lead to development of the Blue Wing Solar project, a 14-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic installation. The project is scheduled to be built just southeast of San Antonio, Texas near and will be visible from two highways.

juwi solar plans to install 214,500 solar photovoltaic modules for the project, which will generate an estimated 25,345 megawatt-hours (MWH) of electricity each year. The company expects to break ground on Blue Wing Solar in the first quarter of 2010 and begin producing electricity before 2011.

This newest PPA comes just two months after CPS Energy signed a 20-year agreement to purchase 27-MW from Tessera Solar’s new project in West Texas.

“Now with 41 MW, CPS Energy has the most solar-generated electricity under contract in the state of Texas,” said Cris Eugster, executive vice president and chief sustainability officer at CPS. “The Blue Wing Solar Farm further solidifies our state and national leadership in renewable energy. We are already number 1 nationally in wind-energy capacity among municipally owned utilities. Renewables like solar and wind are part of our overall strategy to meet Greater San Antonio’s energy needs with diversified energy sources.”

Local electrical contractors will have the opportunity to take part in the bidding process prior to groundbreaking. The project is expected to create approximately 100 full-time-equivalent jobs during construction and several permanent full-time-equivalent jobs during the project operation and maintenance phase.

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