Month: November 2016

Sun Action Trackers joins San Antonio’s solar manufacturing scene

Sun Action Trackers joins San Antonio’s solar manufacturing scene

Sun Action Trackers joins San Antonio's Solar Manufacturing Scene

via Monika Maeckle, CPS Energy Newsroom

As Korean dignitaries and energy reporters gathered at Mission Solar Energy’s “Solarbration” to mark the debut of the country’s first n-type solar panel manufacturing plant last week, another San Antonio solar manufacturing player quietly opened its doors: Sun Action Trackers.

The New Energy Economy partner of CPS Energy builds and assembles dual axis trackers, components in solar arrays that allow solar cells to gather the maximum amount of light for conversion to solar energy. The trackers literally follow the sun, tilting not only left and right, but up and down. Keeping the panels aligned with the solar azimuth, or maximum angle for solar energy collection, allows for maximum efficiency in collecting solar energy. Read more

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Powering jobs in the New Energy Economy: Meet Michael Sanchez

Powering jobs in the New Energy Economy: Meet Michael Sanchez

Powering jobs in the New Energy Economy: Meet Michael Sanchez

By Monika Maeckle, CPS Energy Newsroom

Michael Sanchez, 23, is a welder at Sun Action Trackers.

A Judson High School graduate, Sanchez started his career at Sun Action Trackers in January of this year.

The San Antonio native received two weeks of training as a welder and now helps CPS Energy’s New Energy Economy partner Sun Action Trackers and its team of 70 build and assemble dual axis trackers. The components work in solar arrays to allow solar cells to gather the maximum amount of light for conversion to solar energy by literally tracking the sun, tilting not only left and right, but up and down. Read more

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Latest solar farm uses locally-made products to produce clean energy

Latest solar farm uses locally-made products to produce clean energy

Latest solar farm uses locally-made products to produce clean energy

Via Scott Wudel, CPS Energy Newsroom

Solar panels produced here in San Antonio are now bringing renewable power to local homes and businesses.

More than 21,400 solar panels, manufactured at the recently opened Mission Solar Energy facility, fill the new Alamo 3 solar farm, located on 70 acres off Loop 1604 near IH-10 East. The 5.5-megawatt facility will generate power for more than 1,300 homes.

The farm also uses new, dual-axis tracker technology from Sun Action Trackers, and inverters built locally by KACO new energy. Both are New Energy Economy partners, which to date have brought 500 good paying, permanent jobs and more than $800 million in economic impact to our community. Read more

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Local, foreign hands power area solar industry

Local, foreign hands power area solar industry

Local, foreign hands power area solar industry

Via Jeremy T. Gerlach, MySanAntonio.com/San Antonio Express News

As foreign investment continues to power San Antonio’s production of solar energy, more and more local hands are building the pieces that produce the power itself.

At the recent opening of CPS Energy’s latest solar farm, Alamo 3, utility officials pointed out that the 70-acre farm near Loop 1604 and Interstate 10 is the area’s first to be built almost entirely with locally-produced parts.

Raiford Smith, vice-president of corporate development and planning for CPS, said San Antonio has attracted wholesale investment — and with it, a full-scale energy supply chain — with an all-in approach to solar power. CPS has made a major push toward having 20 percent of its generation capacity come from renewable energy sources as part of the city’s 2020 initiative. Read more

 

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‘Steel forest’ in Uvalde to bring solar power to San Antonio

‘Steel forest’ in Uvalde to bring solar power to San Antonio

'Steel forest' in Uvalde to bring solar power to San Antonio

Via Scott Wudel, CPS Energy Newsroom

Out in Uvalde, a new forest is rising from the ground. How can a forest come to life and flourish in South Texas? When it’s made of silicon and steel.

The forest is actually a solar farm. It’s more of a ranch, really – it covers roughly 900 acres. Like other solar farms around the area, it’s designed to bring more renewable power to CPS Energy customers. The new farm will generate 95 megawatts (MW) of sun power – twice as much as any current farm now delivering power to greater San Antonio. It will be the largest solar farm in Texas.

OCI Solar Power, developer of four of the eight farms currently generating power for San Antonio, is continuing its commitment to provide 400 megawatts of solar to CPS Energy. These four farms are now producing 90 MW of clean power – with the largest producing 41 MW. The Uvalde farm, deemed “Alamo 5,” will eclipse the first four combined and will be complete later this year. Two more farms are on the way by 2017.

Roughly half of the Alamo 5 farm was built over the last eight months, despite the challenges of rocks, rain and rattlesnakes. Large steel assemblies, known in industry terms as “trackers” and manufactured by San Antonio-based Sun Action Trackers, line much of the acreage like steel tree trunks. Every day, more take root in the rocky terrain. In the end, there will be 9,000 of these steel trees, each holding a canopy of 42 silicon solar panels. Many of these panels were produced in San Antonio at the new Mission Solar Energy manufacturing facility.

Each tracker uses advanced technology – sensors to help the canopy of panels follow the sun’s arc both up and down and side to side, allowing the panels to generate more energy than fixed panels which only move in one direction. Inverters located across the site, made by KACO new energy, another New Energy Economy partner, convert incoming direct current, or DC, power from the panels to the alternating, or AC, power that customers use in their homes and businesses. When the farm is complete, a mind-boggling 378,000 panels will collect and convert sunlight into electricity. The 95-MW farm is expected to generate enough power for 17,000 homes. Read more

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Largest Dual-Axis Solar Power Plant Coming to Pecos County

Largest Dual-Axis Solar Power Plant Coming to Pecos County

Largest Dual-Axis Solar Power Plant Coming to Pecos County

-Via Zora Asberry, Anchor, News West 9

PECOS COUNTY, TX (KWES) – One of the largest solar power plants in the state and the world is coming to West Texas. The plant is currently under construction in Bakersfield, Texas. The new project is called Alamo 6 and it’s expected to bring over 250 jobs to Pecos County. Read more

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