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CPS Energy, solar companies seek local suppliers
By Tracy Idell Hamilton on July 19, 2013
Engineering. Security. Landscaping. Steel manufacturing. SCADA systems. Cloud storage. Recycling. Site surveying. Solid Waste Removal. Office Supplies. Industrial Packaging. Cleaning. Soil testing. Custom plastics. Air quality monitoring.
What do all those businesses have in common?
They’re a small sample of the wide array of local companies CPS Energy’s solar partners are seeking to hire as they build new company headquarters, solar component manufacturing and solar farms.
“San Antonio businesses and residents have graciously welcomed us to the area,” said OCI Solar Power President Tony Dorazio. “We want to show our gratitude by doing whatever we can to help sustain local businesses and contribute to the local economy.”
OCI Solar Power signed a 25-year agreement with CPS Energy to provide 400 MW of clean energy to San Antonio along with $1 billion in construction investment, 800 permanent professional and technical jobs, and a projected annual economic impact of $700 million. The San Antonio project, when complete, will place Texas in the top five U.S. solar energy-producing states.
Check out this video of the work underway at Nexolon America’s solar module manufacturing plant at Brooks City Base, which will directly employ 400 people.
At Tuesday’s supplier fair, Nexolon and OCI Solar Power will be joined by KACO and Ercam Trackers, also part of the solar team, as well as the City of San Antonio and CPS Energy.
“If you can think of the service, chances are, one of these companies will need it,” said Tracy Burns, project coordinator for supplier diversity at CPS Energy.
She said many companies contacted CPS Energy soon after the solar deal was announced, looking to be part of it.
“Now is their chance,” she said, “they can register with CPS Energy and all the other companies who need to partner with local businesses.”
The event includes breakout sessions from each company, but is a come-and-go event, said Sara Krueger of OCI Solar Power.
“It’s free and you don’t have to register,” she said. “Just come on down.”