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9:51 am
Fri December 20, 2013

New 167,00 Panel Solar Farm Now In Operation For San Antonio

167,000 of these solar panels cover the 450 acre plot of land a few miles south of San Antonio.
Joey Palacios TPR News

A new solar farm on the far South Side of San Antonio is now generating electricity for CPS energy.

Just south of loop 410  on Blue Wing Road is a newly built solar farm called Alamo 1. At 453 acres it’s the size 300 foot ball field and can generate enough energy to power 6,600 homes. It’s 167,00 solar panels went online last week, generating 40 megawatts - it’s the first phase of what will be a 400 megawatt project.

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Energy
3:46 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Big Batteries Needed To Make Fickle Wind And Solar Power Work

PG&E, a Northern California utility company, is already experimenting with big batteries to store wind-generated electricity at its Vaca-Dixon Substation.
Richard Harris NPR

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 7:57 am

Giant batteries are coming to a power grid near you. In fact, they're already starting to appear on the grid in California.

That's because California is planning to rely increasingly on power supplies that aren't necessarily available every minute of every day. The state plans to get one-third of its electricity from wind and solar energy by 2020.

Utilities in the state are trying to figure out how they can cope with that uncertain power supply. Batteries aren't a panacea, but they could help.

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The Source - Novermber 7, 2013
2:42 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

The Source: SA Hosts Renewable Energy Big Hitters | The American Healthcare Paradox

Wind Turbines at a Texas Wind Farm.
The Danish Wind Industry Association (Flickr user: danishwindindustryassociation) cc

In the first segment:

As CPS Energy closes down the Deely coal power plant and ponders whether a new gas or nuclear plant is the solution, a big conference is landing in town next week pushing solar, wind and other renewables: The 2013 Texas Renewables Conference.

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The Source - September 19, 2013
1:13 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

The Source: Tom DeLay Off The Hook | San Antonio Clean Energy Friendly | Ebony And Ivy

In the first segment:

Tom DeLay won't be seeing the inside of a jail cell after having his 2010 conviction overturned by the Texas 3rd Court of Appeals this morning. In a 2-1 vote the Republican judges on the three-judge panel voted the evidence in the trial wasn't strong enough and reversed the judgment to an acquittal.

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Environment
4:32 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

CPS Energy Working Toward Transparency On New Bills

blog.cpsenergy.com/fuel-costs-transparency
CPS Energy

Responding to criticism that it has failed to meet promises for additional transparency made by its CEO, this month CPS Energy will begin offering customers a breakdown of some of their costs.

A line on the back of the CPS Energy bill shows the customer’s Cost for Fuel Adjustment, the relative cost of different sources of energy it uses in its portfolio.

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Environment and Energy
9:19 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Nexolon Solar Facility To Start First Hiring Wave In September

Nexolon factory sketch
Nexolon America LLC

Nexolon America Wednesday announced the next phase of its solar manufacturing project in San Antonio. The company that broke ground last year expects to 400 employees are expected to be hired beginning in Sept.

Nexolon America is working with the Alamo Colleges to develop a training program for new employees to build 200 megawatts of solar modules per year. Executive Vice-President Scot Arey said the company is expecting to start advertising in about a month for its first wave of hiring.

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The Source - April 23, 2013
9:17 am
Tue April 23, 2013

The Source: CPS Energy And Solar San Antonio Talk SunCredit

Flickr user 1010uk cc

In the first segment:

The announcement that CPS Energy is considering changing the amount of money it would reimburse its solar generating customers - cutting it by nearly 40 percent - caused more than a stir in the solar community.

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Solar Power
1:03 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Solar Advocates Unite To Oppose CPS Energy's Solar Credit Changes

CPS Energy

San Antonio’s solar power industry is collectively fighting back against a plan by CPS Energy to lower a credit given to solar energy users.

Solar interests are calling for CPS Energy to backtrack on its decision to introduce SunCredit, a program that would reduce an existing dollar-for-dollar credit on generating solar energy.

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Solar Power
9:37 am
Thu April 11, 2013

CPS Energy Plan To Change Solar Credit Rate Outrages Advocates

Though San Antonio is a leader in Texas solar power, the total amount of solar generated is still a small slice in the overall system.
Environment Texas

CPS Energy is replacing its solar credit system that pays solar energy users with another program that pays slightly less, leaving some solar energy organizations and customers outraged.

CPS Energy customers currently pay 9.9 cents per kilowatt used, but people with solar energy on their home or business receive the same 9.9 cents back as a credit on their bill for every kilowatt they generate in a process called net-metering.

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Solar Power
4:26 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

First OCI Solar Farm Under Construction, Finished By Year End

Officials break ground at the site of Alamo I. When all the OCI facilities are finished in 2016, they will employ 800 workers and generate 400 megawatts of power.
Eileen Pace TPR

Today CPS Energy and city officials joined OCI Solar Power executives in a toast to the first phase of construction on a mega solar power agreement that promises 800 jobs for the city over several solar farm locations.

Officials made a ceremonial first dig with shovels at the site of Alamo I, the first solar farm location, to symbolize the massive construction project that has already begun.

South of Loop 410 and IH-37, Alamo I will soon be buzzing with hundreds of solar panels that will generate 41 megawatts.  

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