The San Antonio-based utility contributed more than half of the states total 213 megawatt (MW) capacity in 2014 with 129 MW of solar currently online. Plans for 315 MW are under development with its private partner OCI Solar Power and will be operational in 2016. Meanwhile, a national study by Cogent Reports, a division of Market Strategies International, recognized CPS Energy as a customer champion, placing third of the top 10 combination utilities for building customer trust, adding valuable products and services, and achieving operational satisfaction. The external recognition arrives just as CPS Energys New Energy Economy (NEE) initiative kicks into high gear, bringing jobs, economic development, investment infrastructure and education to San Antonio from outside the community. According to an update on the economic impacts of the NEE initiative , which has brought seven companies and five solar farms to San Antonio in just three years, economic impacts climbed to $808 million since its inception. In September, Mission Solar Energy opened its doors in San Antonio , becoming the first n-type solar panel manufacturing plant in the United States and the only solar panel manufacturer currently operating in Texas.
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