The 45-acre solar panel field (the equivalent of 35 football fields) is estimated to generate up to 15 percent of the plant's yearly energy consumption while reducing emissions and electricity costs.
"Alamo Cement is committed to furthering the cement industry's goal of decarbonizing, and this project is a major step in the right direction," said Massimo Toso, President and CEO of Alamo Cement Company and President and CEO of Buzzi Unicem USA Inc. "We continue to look for more opportunities to enhance sustainability in our operations, and plan to build on our experience from this San Antonio project and explore implementing additional renewable power systems within our group."
Full use of this renewable energy system is estimated to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 8,000 tons per year. As energy demands rise, this onsite power system also has the added benefit of reducing dependence on the local power grid thus alleviating stress on the electrical grid serving the San Antonio region.
"I am incredibly proud of the multi-discipline work that went into this first-of-its-kind project for Alamo Cement in San Antonio. It is an example of the type of collaboration necessary to continue to unlock and apply new energy sources for cement producers," said William Kovacs, Director of Engineering and Construction Management and part of the technical and management team assisting Alamo Cement Company. "It was a collective effort that brought together our corporate team, CPS Energy, and regional engineering firms and contractors."
The company has made a significant investment in this renewable power project, which has the capacity to generate up to 17,800 megawatt-hours (MWh) per year. It is the largest customer-owned solar power project in the CPS Energy service area, which includes Bexar County and portions of its seven surrounding counties.
"We are proud to support Alamo Cement as they invest in more sustainable energy right here in our community," said Jonathan Tijerina, Vice President of Enterprise Risk and Development at CPS Energy. "Projects like this are a testament to the work CPS Energy has done and continues to do in collaborating with those who share a common goal of moving towards a sustainable future for our city and are committed to reducing the local demand for energy."