The construction of MCE Solar One in Richmond — the Bay Area’s largest publicly-owned solar farm at a 49-acre site provided by Chevron Richmond — is well underway, project managers announced this month.
A video update on the project (press play on video below), set to be completed next year, was posted on social media by MCE, the nonprofit, public power agency that partners with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to provide renewable energy to customers.
The 10MW solar project includes constructing about 80,000 ground-mounted panels that have the ability to power about 3,400 homes and is expected to support 341 jobs. The city of Richmond and MCE have committed to a 50 percent local hire requirement to build the solar farm.
The project is estimated to eliminate nearly 10,000 metric tons of CO2 per year for the 25 years, equivalent to removing 2,081 cars from the road for each year of operation, project officials have stated in the past.
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.