Overall, the initiative is expected to add more than 900 MW of solar power, almost doubling the utility's solar power generating capacity with additional battery storage capacity adding another 50 MW of power. A third component adds 500 MW of energy from new energy technology. The utility currently has more than 5,000 MW of generating capacity.
The utility has issued a Request for Information (RFI) from energy companies on how much they would charge the utility to provide the above two initiatives alternative power. CPS Energy expects to solicit formal bids by early 2021.
San Antonio's climate action and adaption plan calls for reducing greenhouse gas emission to net zero by 2050.
(Source: CPS Energy, PR, San Antonio Express, 28 July, 2020) Contact: CPS Energy, Chris Eugster, CEO, www.cpsenergy.com
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For the project, CPS partnered with Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) which will provide nearly 50 acres in San Antonio on which the solar facility and battery storage system will be constructed. SwRI aims to gain valuable insight into the efficiencies of both solar production and battery energy storage which it will share with CPS.
The $16.3 million project, which will be constructed by RES Americas, will consist of a 5 MW solar power facility and a 10 MW battery storage system. (Source: CPS Energy, PR, 8 Oct., 2018) Contact: CPS Energy, Paula Gold-Williams, Pres., CEO, www.cpsenergy.com; Southwest Research Institute, Klas Brun, (210) 684-5111, www.swri.org
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