Solar

Chevron To Build 1-MW CPV System at Questa Mine

Chevron Mining Inc. (CMI), a subsidiary of Chevron Corp announced that sister company Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV), will build a 1-megawatt (MW) concentrating photovoltaic solar facility on the tailing site of CMI’s molybdenum mine in Questa, New Mexico.

The electricity produced will be sold to Kit Carson Electric Cooperative through a power purchase agreement. Project construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2010 and conclude by year-end.

The facility will include approximately 175 solar panels placed on about 20 acres of the Questa Mine’s tailings site. The project will be implemented in conjunction with an evaluation of various soil cover depths for closure of the tailing facility at the end of mining operations.

“This will be the largest CPV installation in the U.S. and one of the largest in the world,” said Des King, CTV president. “The demonstration will help us understand the benefits of CPV technology and determine its applicability in other Chevron operations and properties.”

Chevron will install concentrating photovoltaic technology that uses lenses to collect and focus direct sunlight onto layers of high efficiency cells. This technology is expected to work best in areas which have higher direct solar radiation such as New Mexico. Concentrix Solar GmbH has been selected by CTV to provide the concentrating photovoltaic system.