A first-of-its-kind renovation has significantly improved the overall performance and reliability of OCI Solar Power‘s Alamo I solar farm, located in southern San Antonio, Texas.
“Alamo I is now equipped with industry-leading tracker technology and a block of bifacial modules which will be used for field testing and data-gathering,” said Jason Thompson, Construction Manager for OCI Solar Power.
As part of the upgrade, OCI Solar power replaced all the trackers with new trackers from Array Technologies and used the existing infrastructure of the solar farm, including the foundation, inverters and balance-of-system.
OCI Solar Power also worked with Swinerton Builders, an accomplished EPC company, and KACO new energy, a pioneer in inverter technology, for nearly nine months to complete the improvements.
“An upgrade of this magnitude is definitely a first for us and perhaps for the entire solar industry,” said Charles Kim, president & CEO of OCI Solar Power. “We were able to get the job done without de-energizing the entire project, and we are extremely proud of the outcome. Because of our success with this project, we are looking for other upgrade project opportunities.”
Alamo I sits on 445 acres of private land at 2361 S. Blue Wing Road. It began operations in December 2013 and has a capacity of 39.2 MWac.
News item from OCI Solar Power