Chevron hosting Bay Area’s largest publicly-owned solar farm

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MCE Clean Energy’s Solar One Project — the Bay Area’s largest publicly-owned solar farm at a 49-acre site provided by Chevron Richmond — went online late last year, project managers announced.

A project video was posted on social media by MCE, a nonprofit providing renewable energy to customers in partnership with Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Northern California’s largest utility.

The 10MW solar project includes 35,856 panels that have the ability to power about 3,400 homes. It supported 341 jobs, with a 50 percent local hire requirement.

Chevron leased the former, underutilized brownfield site to MCE for 25 years at an extremely low rate, with a five-year extension option.

The solar farm agreement is part of the community benefits agreement reached between the city of Richmond and Chevron in connection with an ongoing, $1 billion modernization of the Refinery.

The project is producing 22,000 megawatt-hours per year of electricity — pollution-free energy that eliminates 3,234 metric tons of carbon dioxide in one year and takes more than 680 fossil fuel cars off the road annually, according to project officials.

Project partners include site owner Chevron Richmond, the city of Richmond, sPower (lead developer and financier), Cenergy Power (general contractor) and RichmondBUILD (workforce training).