Chevron To Build 1 MW CPV Plant At N.M. Mining Site

Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., has announced that Chevron Corp. will build a 1 MW concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) solar facility on the tailing site of Chevron Mining Inc.'s molybdenum mine in Questa, N.M.

According to the governor's office, the demonstration project will be the largest CPV installation in the U.S. The facility will include approximately 175 solar panels on about 20 acres of land, and the electricity produced will be sold to Kit Carson Electric Cooperative through a power purchase agreement.

Chevron will begin construction on this project this spring and estimates conclusion by year-end. The project will be implemented in conjunction with an evaluation of various soil depths for closure of the tailing facility at the end of mining operations.

SOURCE: Office Of Gov. Bill Richardson

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