harnessing the sun’s energy


Solar energy is power from the sun’s rays that reach Earth. Using photovoltaic cells made from silicon alloys, sunlight can be converted into other forms of energy, such as electricity. Chevron is exploring photovoltaic technologies to support the company’s operations.

chevron tests solar technology

Project Brightfield is a demonstration of the best next-generation solar technologies on the site of Chevron’s decommissioned Bakersfield refinery.

chevron tests solar technology

Volatile oil prices and environmental concerns have fueled interest in alternative energy sources. Solar power can help alleviate local utility systems’ capacity problems, especially during peak electricity demand periods. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions by decreasing the use of electricity generated by fossil fuel–based power plants.

what chevron is doing

Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV) is a division of Chevron that identifies, evaluates and demonstrates emerging technologies. As solar technology advances, CTV is studying the latest methods.

Chevron Power and Energy Management operates a 1-megawatt concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) solar facility at our former molybdenum mine in Questa, New Mexico. Approximately 175 solar panels are installed on 20 acres (.08 sq km), making it one of the largest CPV installations in the United States.

Published: May 2015