MCE Solar One

Project Details

The Bay Area’s largest publicly-owned solar farm will eliminate an estimated 10,500 metric tons of CO2 per year for 25 years, eliminating 3,234 metric tons of carbon dioxide in one year, equivalent to removing 680 cars from the road for each year of operation. The 10.5 MW solar project included approximately 80,000 ground-mounted panels that have the ability to power about 3,400 homes. Chevron Richmond provided the underutilitized 49-acre brownfield site to MCE, a nonprofit public power agency that partners with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Overaa Construction set 2,400 precast concrete ballasts, each weighing 4,000 pounds. Overaa provided 60% local hire for the project, surpassing the City of Richmond’s 50% local hire goal.

Cenergy Power
Richmond, CA
Megawatts Clean Energy
10.5 MW
Carbon dioxide eliminated annually
3,234 Metric Tons
  • The SolarOne project is a 10.5MW AC solar field that is now providing enough clean renewable electricity for up to 3,400 homes annually. Overaa’s team had the challenging task of placing almost 2,300 concrete ballast blocks on the rolling hills of the landfill section of the project. The blocks needed to be level and placed precisely, as they formed the foundations for the solar racking that would attach to them. Overaa’s work was made more difficult by the fact that extreme care had to be taken to avoid uncovering and disturbing the landfill cap which is located near the surface of the landfill. As project manager for SolarOne, I can attest to the professionalism and precision of Overaa’s team. The Overaa team finished the task ahead of schedule and on-budget. More importantly, as the general contractor, I appreciated Overaa’s flexibility and adaptability to the inevitable challenges that confront projects, including a schedule which required various starts and stops due to an often unpredictable flow of materials to the site. In each case, Overaa demonstrated excellent communication, understanding of overall project goals, and teamwork to get the job done.

    Jeff Lifur

    Project Manager, Cenergy Power