Previously announced plans by OCI Solar Power, a subsidiary of South Korean firm OCI, to build a 400MW PV power plant in San Antonio, Texas will use utility-scale PV inverters from KACO new energy.
The 10-year deal was said to be worth US$500 million to the German inverter supplier.
As part of the deal, KACO is to establish a manufacturing plant in the San Antonio region, creating more than 70 new jobs to support project though its roll-out phases. KACO will build its Powador XP series of central inverters at the facility.
The PV inverter manufacturer said that its central inverters would be assembled as 'integrated power stations' to cater for the 50MW phases of the project, which are expected to start being completed in late 2013. The total will be increased to 400MW by 2016.
Tony Dorazio, president, OCI Solar Power said: “We place a great deal of value on approaching all projects in a uniform, environmentally-responsible manner and tailored to the needs of the community. Manufacturing solar inverters from KACO new energy on-site will also create secure long-term jobs in San Antonio.”