Energy giant Chevron Corporation has announced the start of a next-generation solar technology demonstration plant in Project Brightfield in California, US.

The Brightfield project, located on the site of a former Chevron refinery, will demonstrate and evaluate next-generation solar energy technologies, the company said in a statement.

The site has been repurposed to test the performance of six thin-film technologies and one crystalline-silicon photovoltaic technology provided by independent solar firms.

The 7,700 solar panels installed at the eight-acre site will generate about 740kW, which will be directed to the local utility grid and Chevron’s oil production operations at the Kern River Field.

Chevron USA Chevron Technology Ventures president Des King said that testing competing technologies side by side will enable the company to better understand their potential application at other Chevron facilities.