July 24 San Antonio municipal utility CPS Energy
agreed to buy 400 megawatts of solar photovoltaic power from OCI
Solar Power in a 25-year deal that will create more than 800
long-term jobs for the Texas economy.
OCI, a unit of South Korean chemical company OCI Co Ltd
, put together a consortium of solar power
manufacturers that together will spend about $1 billion to build
the solar projects and needed manufacturing facilities, CPS
spokeswoman Lisa Lewis told Reuters on Tuesday.
OCI and partners will construct the solar projects over the
next four years, with the first 50 MW to be built in the San
Antonio area by the middle of 2013.
Other solar plants will go up within 120-mile
(193-kilometer) radius of San Antonio, and in West and North
Texas, Lewis said.
Once complete, the solar plants with a total capacity of 400
MW will power nearly 70,000 homes, which is about 10 percent of
CPS' 728,000 electric customers in the San Antonio area.
The anchor member of the consortium, Nexolon America LLC, a
unit of South Korean semiconductor maker Nexolon Co Ltd
, will manufacturer most of the project's solar
Nexolon will invest about $100 million in a manufacturing
facility and locate its North American headquarters in San
Antonio, creating more than 400 of the 800 long-term jobs.
(Reporting by Scott DiSavino in New York; Editing by Lisa Von