Aug 17, 2015
No comments

Richmond will soon be home to the Bay Area’s second largest solar project.

A community workshop is being held Wednesday in preparation for the scheduled fall groundbreaking of a solar farm in Richmond that will be able to power up to 3,400 homes.

At 7 p.m. at Richmond City Council Chambers, 440 Civic Center Plaza, the public can hear from technical experts about the 49-acre, 10.5-megawatt ground-mount solar farm, which will be built on former industrial land provided by the Chevron Richmond Refinery. Residents are also being asked to provide comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report.

The solar farm is being created as part of the community benefits agreement tied to the $1 billion Refinery Modernization Project. Chevron leased the site to Marin Clean Energy (MCE) for 25 years at $1 per year, with a five-year extension option. MCE is a nonprofit, public power agency that partners with Pacific Gas & Elecrtic Co. to provide renewable energy to customers.

MCE is calling the Richmond solar farm “Solar One Project.” The farm’s construction will create 344 local jobs and is targeted for completion in August next year, according to MCE.

The solar panels are being built by San Jose-based Stion Technology, and MCE says it is also tapping a local workforce, in part by working with RichmondBUILD’s career-training program.

One completed, Solar One is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 14,000 metric tons, equivalent to removing nearly 3,000 cars from the roadways, says Dawn Weisz, CEO for MCE.

Learn more about the workshop by clicking here.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.