German inverter manufacturer Kaco new energy, has opened a manufacturing plant in San Antonio, Texas.
The company held an inauguration event on 10 December, attended by company executives from Kaco’s offices around the world. Representatives from green energy provider OCI Solar Power, utility company CPS Energy and San Antonio Chamber of Commerce also attended the event.
The 3,700 square metre plant has been built with the intention of serving markets anywhere in the US. The company claims that 72 jobs have been created by the opening of the plant.
The Kaco plant will also supply inverters to a 400MW solar power project spread across five separate plants in San Antonio, being built for CPS Energy.
Kaco new energy president Ralph Hofman said at the inauguration ceremony: “KACO new energy and the consortium partners now have successfully finished Alamo I, the first 41MW system in San Antonio and we are already in the process of building the next solar plants for CPS Energy. Our US manufacturing plant here in Texas is completely set up to supply Kaco new energy inverters to any given place in North America. We are very proud to be able to offer US manufactured products to our customers.”
The San Antonio power plants will utilise Kaco’s digitally controlled 1.1MW Integrated Power Station products, each of which include two inverters, medium voltage transformer and disconnection units for the AC and DC side, mounted together on a base plate. The IPS is also available as a 550kW standalone outdoor unit. The company plans to launch a 2MW version “within the near future”.
The five PV plants totalling 400MW in San Antonio are scheduled for completion in 2016. The first phase, the 41MW Alamo I, was connected in November this year, supplying 7,000 households with clean electricity.