Chevron to Build Concentrating Solar PV Facility at New Mexico Mine

March 08, 2010

Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV) will build a one megawatt (MW) concentrating photovoltaic solar facility on the tailing site of sister company Chevron Mining Inc.'s molybdenum mine in Questa, New Mexico. The project by CTV, a division of Chevron, USA, Inc., will demonstrate and evaluate an emerging solar technology and a practical use of previously impacted land as part of the "Brownfields-to-Green Power" initiative backed by both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state of New Mexico. When completed, the project will be the largest concentrating solar photovoltaic installation in the United States.

The facility will include approximately 175 solar panels placed on about 20 acres of the Questa Mine's tailings site. The project will include an evaluation of various soil cover depths for closure of the tailing facility at the end of mining operations. The electricity produced will be sold to Kit Carson Electric Cooperative through a power purchase agreement. The Questa Project construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2010 and conclude by year-end. See the CTV press release and the joint EPA and New Mexico press release (PDF 99 KB). Download Adobe Reader.