Giant oil company Chevron is trying to show it is thinking about a greener future by announcing today a solar energy project dropped on top of a former refinery. It is called Project Brightfield and the idea is to have a place to showcase emerging solar technologies for “potential application of renewable power at other company-owned facilities.”
Chevron has turned to seven solar technology companies in testing their solar applications. These include Abound Solar, MiaSolé, Schüco, Solar Frontier, Sharp, and Solibro, demonstrating thin-film technologies, and a crystalline-silicon photovoltaic technology provided by Innovalight. Each solar company, according to Chevron, “can access data about its technology, find out how well it performs in various conditions and compare it against a benchmark solar technology — a brand of commercially available solar photovoltaic technology — that has also been installed on the site.”
The seven on-site applications sport a total of 7,700 solar panels across the eight-acre site in Bakersfield, California. Together they will generate 740 kW of electricity, which is being directed to the local utility grid as well as to Chevron’s oil production operations at the Kern River Field.
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