Large solar field on Chevron Richmond property closer to reality

Large solar field on Chevron Richmond property closer to reality.

The creation of a large solar field on a 60-acre site on Chevron Richmond’s property moved a step closer last week when Marin Clean Energy’s  (MCE) board of directors approved a lease agreement with the company.

Chevron has agreed to lease MCE the site for 25 years with a five-year extension option for just a dollar per year.

“We are pleased to partner with MCE in their effort to provide increased renewable energy sources to their customers,”  Chevron spokesperson Melissa Ritchie said. “Chevron’s involvement aligns with our commitment to find innovative approaches to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in communities where we operate.”

The solar field would reportedly begin at 2 megawatts and ramp up over time to reach about 12 megawatts, according to the Marin Independent Journal, which offered a thorough account from the MCE board meeting.

The solar field would not only produce jobs but require that half of all hires are local. Naturally, the project would reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city.

It’s not the only solar installation in the works. MCE is also negotiating with the city on possibly a 2 megawatt solar project at the Port of Richmond, the Journal said. Read the the Journal’s report for more details on the solar projects.

The Chevron Richmond solar field project was part of a community benefits agreement the company reached with Richmond City Council connected to the Chevron Richmond Refinery Modernization Project. The agreement also includes $35 million that will be used to pay the college tuitions of Richmond public school graduates.