22 March 2010


Chevron commissions 190kW PV installation to explore performance of Abound Solar's CdTe thin-film technology

Manufacturer of cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin-film photovoltaic (PV) solar modules, Abound Solar of Loveland, CO, USA (formerly AVA Solar until last March), has announced the commissioning of a commercial-scale ground mount PV installation as part of Chevron Technology Ventures’ Project Brightfield.  

Built on land in Bakersfield, CA, the ground-mount facility has a nameplate capacity of 190kW and is projected to produce more than 300 MWh per year. The array of Abound Solar’s AB1 modules comprises one of the largest components of Chevron’s Project Brightfield, a test facility to compare the performance of multiple emerging solar technology products. The power produced by Abound’s CEC (California Energy Commission)-certified modules, in combination with a Schneider Electric Xantrex GT250 central inverter, will offset the electricity needs of Chevron’s nearby facilities and reduce the firm’s greenhouse gas footprint by over 200 tons of CO2 annually.

“Abound Solar is proud to be involved in Chevron’s Project Brightfield and eager to compare the performance of our thin-film modules against any other leading technology on the market,” said Tom Tiller, CEO of Abound Solar.  

“Chevron is a leading developer of renewable energy projects worldwide,” said Julian Hawkins, Abound Solar Senior VP of Sales and Marketing. “This project, based in California, the largest market for solar photovoltaics in the United States, is a tremendous show of support for Abound Solar’s technology and its ability to deliver high performance while driving down the cost of solar electricity for large-scale installations.”

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