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CENTRAL AND SOUTH WEST AWARDS SOLAR ENERGY PARK CONTRACT (z)

 DALLAS, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Central and South West Corporation (NYSE: CSR) has awarded its first 100 kilowatt solar photovoltaic power system contract and is negotiating on a second one as part of Central and South West's $17.3 million renewable energy project in West Texas.
 The systems will be built at CSW System Solar Park, located near Fort Davis, Texas, about 150 miles southeast of El Paso. They primarily will serve customers in the Fort Davis area through West Texas Utilities Company, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Central and South West, producing enough electricity to serve about 150 homes during peak sunlight production periods.
 Central and South West's initiative is one of the largest renewable energy projects in the nation. Located in the arid, often windy area near Fort Davis, the project will include testing of 20 advanced- technology wind turbines, Cummins solar-dish Stirling engines, photovoltaic systems placed on houses and commercial buildings, a photovoltaic-assisted heat pump, a solar-powered soccer field irrigation system and livestock watering system, solar-powered street lights and a solar-powered traffic warning signal. The company also is installing 23 meteorological towers for measuring wind and solar power at selected sites in Central and South West's 152,000-square-mile service area.
 Central and South West is providing $10 million for the project. The Electric Power Research Institute and the U.S. Department of Energy are providing $6.3 million and $1 million, respectively. The project was formally launched in November at a groundbreaking of the CSW System Solar Park.
 The initial contract with Dallas-based Entech Inc. is one of three planned 100 kilowatt photovoltaic power systems, each using different technologies, that will be built at the park.
 The Entech system employs a patented, high-efficiency Fresnel lens and other patented techniques designed to reduce costs and increase solar-to-electric conversion efficiency. Construction on the system is expected to begin in early May 1994, and it is expected to be operational in late September 1994.
 Central and South West is negotiating a second contract with Utility Power Group of Chatsworth, Calif., for a 100 kilowatt photovoltaic power system that will use Siemens flat-plate photovoltaic modules. Construction on that system is expected to begin in mid-February 1994, and it is expected to be operational in early June 1994.
 A contract for the third system should be negotiated by summer 1994.
 Central and South West is a public utility holding company. Its operating utilities are Central Power and Light Company, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Southwestern Electric Power Company and West Texas Utilities Company. The subsidiaries provide electric service to more than 4 million people in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas. Central and South West also owns Transok Inc., an Oklahoma intrastate natural gas pipeline subsidiary, and four other subsidiaries.
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 /CONTACT: Robert J. Moore, corporate communications of Central and South West Corporation, at 214-777-2993/
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