While driving back from an assignment, I drove through Coalinga, California, in the Central Valley, which is several hours north of Los Angeles. And, I accidentally found thèse oil fields, owned by Chevron. What drew me, though, was the solar array you see pictured hère. The sun is reflected onto that tower, turning water into steam, which, in turn, makes the extraction of the oil much easier to suck out, loosening it like molasses in the hot afternoon sun.
Thousands of reflectors aimed at this tower create steam, in order to affect the viscosity of the oil beneath.
Standard oil fields in rural Coalinga, California.
Old vs new technology in the oil fields of Coalinga, California.
The steam created loosens the oil so it can be extracted easily.
I am always drawn to these insect-like wells.
A section of the large oil fields in Coalinga, California.
Late in the day in Coalinga, with the steam process about to be retired for the evening hours.