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Texas utility breaks ground on solar-plus-storage project

Texas Public Radio:

San Antonio’s CPS Energy held a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday for a solar power plant and storage facility it’s building with Southwest Research Institute.

The five-megawatt facility will have 10 megawatts of storage — enough to power 1,500 homes — and is located on 49 acres donated by Southwest Research Institute, between Texas State Highway 151 and Commerce Boulevard on the city’s West Side.

It will be the first solar facility that CPS owns, but the company leases 1,500 megawatts of solar and wind power, she said.

“This is the first step in our Flexible Path plan, bringing solar and storage together. That is the holy grail,” said Cris Eugster, CPS chief operating officer.

The project is funded by a $3 million grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. It is the eighth energy storage the TCEQ has funded under their New Technology Implementation Grant Program.

RES, a leading solar developer, was contracted to build the facility for $16.3 million, the company’s first in Texas. RES has chosen Samsung nickel, magnesium, and cobalt based-batteries for the project that will be stored in racks on-site in four 40’ long storage containers.

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