governor richardson, chevron break ground on emerging solar technology demonstration project in questa, new mexico

QUESTA, NM; May 13, 2010 – Governor Bill Richardson joined Chevron and the Village of Questa, New Mexico to break ground today on what will be one of the largest concentrating photovoltaic solar installations in the U.S.

Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV) is building a one megawatt concentrating photovoltaic solar facility on the tailing site of Chevron Mining Inc's molybdenum mine in Questa, New Mexico. The project will demonstrate and evaluate an emerging solar technology and beneficial re-use of the land. Project construction is scheduled to be completed in December 2010.

The facility will include approximately 175 concentrating solar panels on approximately 20 acres of the Questa Mine's tailings site. The electricity produced will be sold to Kit Carson Electric Cooperative through a power purchase agreement.

Read more about this project in the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper.

Governor Richardson, Chevron Break Ground on Emerging Solar Technology Demonstration Project

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Emerging Solar Technology Demonstration Project in Questa, New Mexico was attended by (from left to right): Hansjorg Lerchenmuller, Concentrix CEO; Desmond King, Chevron Technology Ventures President; Esther Garcia, Village of Questa Mayor; Fred Nelson, Chevron Mining Inc. President; Bill Richardson, New Mexico Governor; Luis Reyes, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative CEO; Malaquias Rael, former mayor Village of Questa; Ron Curry, Secretary New Mexico Environment Department. (Chevron Photo)

Updated: May 2010

Published: May 2010