San Antonio is fast becoming one of the leading cities in the country when it comes to using solar energy.
OCI Solar Power broke ground Tuesday on a project that will deliver solar power to CPS Energy as part of a 25-year power purchase agreement.
"This is really big," said CPS Energy President Doyle Beneby.
The new solar farm is located about 10 miles south of San Antonio.
It will cover about 400 acres and will supply 41 megawatts of solar generation that will reach some 7,000 homes in San Antonio.
"Making a decision to come to come to Texas,” said OCI Solar Power President Tony Doraziom, “was pretty easy."
Dorazio said Texas was attractive to their company because of their business-friendly atmosphere, educational base and number of days of solar radiation.
This is the first project in Texas for OCI. They also have two in New Jersey.
Not only will the project produce power, it will also produce some 800 jobs.
One company, Nexolon, now based in San Antonio, will be manufacturing the panels for the farm. They will be hiring about 400 of those workers.
"These are new technology jobs for San Antonio, which is very exciting," said San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley.
"This is much bigger than electrons. This is about helping to fulfill the aspirations of a city," Beneby said.
The new project, called Alamo 1, is just the first phase of the overall project.
There will be several more farms coming online between now and 2016, and a total of 400 megawatts will be produced. That will power 70,000 homes, or 10 percent of CPS' customers