KACO new energy, in partnership with OCI Solar and local municipality CPS energy, brings 400 megawatts of solar energy to San Antonio, TX

After Alamo phase 3 gets brought online, KACO new energy will be rolling out their new 2 megawatt class integrated power station for the completion of “The Alamo”.

As part of former San Antonio Mayor and current Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Julian Castro’s “Vision for 2020”, KACO new energy is currently in the process of bringing 400 megawatts of clean, solar electricity to the citizens of San Antonio.  In conjunction with our partners, OCI Solar Power, Mortenson Construction, and CPS energy, KACO is tirelessly working towards a cleaner and more cost efficient way for San Antonians to enjoy residential power.

KACO and our associates will eventually be powering 70,000 San Antonio residences while simultaneously delivering more than 800, localized, clean energy job opportunities to the people of the city.  This serves as an example of what can be done when forward thinking companies like KACO new energy and OCI solar power partner with local elected officials to bring clean energy, clean jobs, and clean economics to the forefront of local societies.   Here at KACO, we believe that recycling resources to a city we have now made our headquarters, is an element of our business which desperately needs to be duplicated.

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Two of the seven phases are already fully operational, two are about to begin construction and one is currently being commissioned.  During the initial portions of the project, KACO new energy delivered our standard, 1MW Integrated Power Station (IPS).  However, as the project progresses into the final phases of development, KACO’s product offering will shift and the company will begin offering an IPS solar station that is double in size.  The benefits of this increased workload capacity are numerous and the company believes it is the most efficient way to complete this project.

At KACO new energy, we believe this advancement will revolutionize the standard at which utility scale projects are approached.  Our growing partnership with city of San Antonio will hopefully grow and present opportunities for years to come.


About KACO new energy

KACO new energy is amongst the world’s largest manufacturers of solar inverters. With 850 employees and offices in 16 countries, the company offers inverters for every array size from the smallest homes to the largest solar farms of hundreds of Megawatts. KACO new energy is based in Neckarsulm, near Stuttgart, Germany and the production facilities there, in the Americas and Asia have supplied nearly 7 Gigawatts of inverters since 1999. The Company was the first inverter manufacturer to achieve fully carbon-neutral production and is rapidly heading towards power self-sufficiency. KACO new energy also supplies energy storage systems and battery inverters, as well as inverters for combined heat and power plants and CPV systems. KACO new energy is celebrating the Centenary of the original company in 2014.


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KACO new energy appoints Jurgen Krehnke as new CEO for the Americas

KACO new energy, one of the leading global PV inverter manufacturers, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jurgen Krehnke as new CEO for the Americas.

“We are very excited to welcome Mr. Krehnke as a member of KACO new energy’s global executive team. His unique expertise in the North American market place is undisputed and his involvement is already making a difference in our most important growth markets.  We are convinced that Mr. Krehnke’s leadership will unleash the full potential of KACO’s high performance, top quality and extremely competitive product portfolio”, says Ralf Hofmann, Chairman and Founder of KACO new energy.

JKrehnkeBy bringing on board Krehnke, KACO new energy is adding a true inverter expert to its leadership. Jurgen Krehnke has had a distinguished career with a track record of leadership both inside and outside of the PV industry. Before joining KACO new energy, Krehnke was President & General Manager of SMA America, LLC an inverter company that he successfully managed and grew for many years. Before joining SMA, Krehnke was an Executive in the semiconductor industry in Silicon Valley, most notably with top 10 players Philips Electronics and NXP Semiconductors. He currently is a Board Member with the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), an organization dedicated to helping utilities integrate solar power into their generation portfolios.

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KACO new energy PV system feature – Hollywood actor Thomas Kretschmann, Los Angeles, CA

Our partner, SK Solar, completed an 8kW residential system in Los Angeles, California powered by two KACO blueplanet 3502xi inverters and 32 Solarworld modules. System owner is no other than renowned Hollywood actor Thomas Kretschmann – best known for his roles in “Stalingrad”, “The Pianist”, “Der Untergang”, “Valkyrie”and “King Kong”. He’s currently starring as the legendary “Abraham Van Helsing” in NBC’s hit series “Dracula”.


Thomas Kretschmann is a big supporter of renewable energies and told us that an essential part of the energy revolution is being a strong role model for the next generations. His three kids are growing up with solar as an integral part of their lives and a father who can explain to them why energy alternatives are so important and how they function. Kretschmann is actively engaged in promoting smart solutions to two of the world’s big problems – the economic downturn and the ecological collapse.


Boris von Bormann, CEO of SK Solar, says: “The PV system that we put on Thomas Kretschmann’s home was an easy install and it’s running smoothly thanks to the KACO new energy inverters. All KACO inverters that we’ve used are extremely installer friendly, reliable and efficient. What more do you need?”


Since their foundation, SK Solar has been helping customers be more successful by offering solar power solutions that provide the greatest savings and bottom-line benefits. With 50+ megawatts installed and over 1000 solar systems implemented, SK Solar continues to develop technologies that improve solar production and systems that deliver stable, long-term financial benefits.

Contact SK Solar directly for more info: info@sksolar-usa.com


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KACO new energy inverters power dairy stables in Mexico

Dairy producers all around the globe are always looking to reduce the energy cost of their production. Streamlining the processes and becoming more eco-friendly while reducing their cost are more important than ever. It is important to note that the Mexican Secretary of Agriculture (via the Shared Risk Trust – FIRCO) has been an advocate for the promotion and the adoption of efficient renewable energy technologies such as the solar, wind and biogas amongst others. The windows for applications are open, approval processes are clear, transparent and very simple.

In the state of Coahuila, which is in the Northeast of Mexico, close to the US border, some farmers took action and started installing PV systems to produce portions of the energy they use themselves. The dairy farm “El Fenix” is located in a village known as “Coyote”, very close to three cities known as “La Laguna”, hometown of the Santos Soccer Team.

The farm, with about 800 milking cows, needed a solution for shading the feed bunker. KACO new energy partner Intelimeter installed 300 modules of Kaneka hybrid thin film. Three KACO new energy XP10 inverters are powering the 33kW system, which now cools down the entire feed bunker.

Karsten Mall, Sales Manager at KACO new energy says: ““It is great to see how Mexico is becoming a stronger solar PV market. More and more businesses start to realize that solar PV provides a lot of financial benefits besides just helping our environment or in this particular case to provide shading for the cows.”

Intelimeter is a private company dedicated to providing clean and renewable energy products and services. The company is offering products and services that help lower electrical bills significantly and improve the country’s energy portfolio by offering excellent renewable energy services. In this particular case, Intelimeter’s solutions allow Mexican dairy producers to reduce their electricity spending and simultaneously reduce the emission of greenhouse gases by using PV on stables and offices.

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KACO new energy inaugurates new US inverter manufacturing plant and office in San Antonio, Texas

KACO new energy, one of the leading global PV inverter manufacturers, officially inaugurated its new US manufacturing plant in San Antonio, Texas on December 10th. The company celebrated the grand opening of its 60,000 square foot manufacturing space and office with their partners including representatives from OCI Solar Power and CPS Energy as well as KACO new energy executives from all around the world. The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce sent representatives to officially welcome KACO new energy to their city. Ralf Hofmann (CEO, KACO new energy), Volker Heuser (Head of Global Operations, KACO new energy) and Tony Dorazio (CEO, OCI Solar Power) gave inspirational speeches about their visions and the enormous potential that the future holds for their companies not only in Texas, but all across North America.

“KACO new energy and the consortium partners now have successfully finished Alamo I, the first 41 MW system in San Antonio and we are already in the process of building the next solar plants for CPS Energy”, says Ralf Hofmann, President of KACO new 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”.

Everyone was very impressed by the state of the art manufacturing lines and the new KACO new energy inverters. After the event, CPS Energy, the city’s utility, stated on their corporate website: “KACO new energy’s clean, almost sterile space is stunningly simplistic for what you would expect of such a complicated business.”

Official ribbon cutting at KACO new energy’s “Grand Opening Ceremony” in San Antonio, TX. From left (holding the ribbon): Tony Dorazio, OCI Solar Power; Ralf Hofmann and Dorko Eliaszewskyj, KACO new energy

Official ribbon cutting at KACO new energy’s “Grand Opening Ceremony” in San Antonio, TX. From left (holding the ribbon): Tony Dorazio, OCI Solar Power; Ralf Hofmann and Dorko Eliaszewskyj, KACO new energy

KACO new energy is creating over 72 new jobs at the San Antonio location to support the North American PV market. The positions are part of the 800-plus jobs that will be created in San Antonio to support a 400 megawatt solar project in the area. Additionally, the nationwide KACO new energy service division will operate out of San Antonio as well.

KACO new energy, San Antonio, TX – view of the XP 550 production lines (IPS)

KACO new energy, San Antonio, TX – view of the XP 550 production lines (IPS)

Five solar plants in the San Antonio area will provide CPS Energy access to 400 megawatts of solar power. The KACO new energy Integrated Power Stations (IPS), ensure that photovoltaic energy is pumped into the grid with maximum efficiency and reliability – they resemble the heart of an entire PV system. Alamo 1, the first site with nearly 41 MW, started production in November 2013 and is now able to supply 7,000 households with clean electricity. The whole 400 MW project will successfully be clompleted by 2016. KACO new energy currently offers its Integrated Power Station (IPS) with 1.0 and 1.1 MW – or the respective single outdoor inverter with 550 kW – and is dedicated to provide the same technological approach at a power of 2.0 MW within the near future.

Impressions “Grand Opening Ceremony KACO new energy, San Antonio, TX”

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