Statement: CPS Energy’s Addition of Utility-Scale Solar Is Welcome, But Must Move Quicker

Announcement is a first step in adding 900 megawatts of solar electricity

SAN ANTONIO – Today, San Antonio’s electric utility, CPS Energy, announced that it would add 300 megawatts of utility-scale solar generating capacity as part of its FlexPOWER Bundle initiative. The 300 megawatts is a partial fulfillment of the 900 megawatts of solar generating capacity and 50 megawatts of battery storage capacity the utility pledged when it announced the initiative more than two years ago, in the Spring of 2020.

Statement of DeeDee Belmares, San Antonio Climate Justice Organizer, Texas Office of Public Citizen:

“Today’s CPS Energy announcement that it will add 300 megawatts of utility-scale solar power is a positive one in a process that must accelerate to reach the full 900 megawatts the San Antonio utility has promised as soon as possible. Nevertheless, this first step in the utility meeting its commitment to replace some fossil fuel-generated electricity with a clean and renewable energy source like solar is good for the air we breathe, and it also helps address the urgent climate crisis. We thank CPS Energy for taking this step but urge the utility to move faster in reaching the promised 900 megawatts of solar generation and also deliver the 50 megawatts of battery storage that is part of the initiative.”