Marin Clean Energy will lease land from Chevron for solar power project

Marin Clean Energy's board of directors has approved a plan to lease land from Chevron for the creation of a large solar power project in Richmond.

The board Thursday also approved the purchase of electricity from a wind farm in Kern County that will reduce Marin Clean Energy's need to purchase unbundled renewable energy credits. And the board gave the green light for analysis to begin to determine if the city of El Cerrito should be allowed to join Marin Clean Energy's joint powers authority.

Chevron has agreed to lease Marin Clean Energy a 60-acre brownfield site for 25 years — with one five-year extension option — at a cost of just $1 per year. The property is the site of a former fertilizer plant's product ponds and a waste management landfill site.

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