January 7 in San Antonio history…
Two-thirds of downtown is plunged into a blackout that lasts more than five hours due to moisture in a power plant switch gear box. The blackout began at 4:37 p.m. and was not resolved until 9:52 p.m. An elevator operator was stranded in a downtown elevator, a man crashed his car through the window of a furniture store and an elderly man broke a hip falling down some dimly lit stairs. No other injuries were reported.
San Antonio lost to Barstow, California in its bid for the nation’s first solar electric power plant, but is still a finalist for the larger “and more important” Solar Energy Research Institute, which also has a $100 million price tag.