List of rooftop photovoltaic installations

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This page lists large-scale rooftop photovoltaic installation projects. Photovoltaic arrays in buildings are often either integrated into them, or mounted on to the their roofs. Arrays are most often retrofitted into existing buildings, usually mounted on top of the existing roof structure. In 2010, more than four-fifths of the 9,000 MW of solar PV operating in Germany was installed on rooftops.[1]

In 2011, the most common and newsworthy size for a photovoltaic power station is 1 MW.[2] However, most of the large-scale stations are not installed on the roofs, but rather integrated with agriculture and some use innovative tracking systems that follow the sun's daily path across the sky to generate more electricity than conventional fixed-mounted systems. Many of all rooftop applications are done in small and medium-sized installations for consumption within the buildings that host the arrays. There are many large-scale installation projects which have been completed in the last decade and many are under construction or proposed.

The following lists the rooftop photovoltaic installation projects that are larger than 1 MW in total installation size. It does not include rooftop installations of non-building structures such as detached carports and tunnels.

Rooftop photovoltaic power stations[edit]

Many photovoltaic power stations are installed at the ground level. There are some large rooftop installations for the sole purpose of being power stations by connecting the systems directly to the grid to deliver electricity to customers. Many of these stations are installed on properties of non-utility companies such as warehouses through roof-area lease agreements and power purchase agreements between utility companies and property owners.[3]

In operation[edit]

Rooftop photovoltaic power stations (1 MW or larger)
PV power station Country Nominal Power[4]
(MWp)
Production
(Annual GW·h)
Capacity
factor
Notes
Largest Rooftop Solar PV Plant on a Single Roof by L&T Construction Punjab, India 7.52 Installed on rooftop made of asbestos sheet of area 94,000 sq. m. Commissioned in June 2014[5]
Constellation Energy-Toys R Us Flanders, NJ USA 5.38 Installed on rooftop of Toys "R" Us distribution center[3]
Boeing 787 assembly building South Carolina USA 2.6 December 2, 2011[6][7]
Southern California Edison, Fontana, CA USA 2 Constructed 2008 on roof of ProLogis warehouse[8]
Zhejiang Energy Conservation Industry Development China 2 Constructed 2009[9]
Progress Energy, New Bern, NC USA 1.27 1.5 Planned for installation on roof of BSH Home Appliances warehouse[10]
Black River Park, Cape Town, WC South Africa 1.2 Constructed 2014 on the rooves of the Black River business park[11]
Southern California Edison, Chino, CA USA 1 Constructed 2009 on roof of a warehouse[12]
Southern California Edison, Rialto, CA USA 1 Constructed 2010 on roof of a warehouse[13]
North Delhi Power Limited India 1 Constructed 2010[14]
Green City Energy, Haertensdorf Germany 1 1 Installation on 16 rooftops completed in 2010[15]

Proposed or under construction[edit]

Proposed/under construction rooftop photovoltaic power stations (1 MW or larger)
PV power station Country Nominal Power[4]
(MWp)
Production
(Annual GW·h)
Capacity
factor
Notes
China Datang Corp, Jiangsu plant China 5.8 6.2 Under construction as of June 2010*[16]
* Under construction; ** Proposed

Net-metering rooftop installations[edit]

The followings are the large-scale rooftop installation projects with the main purpose of using the generated electricity as the supplemental power. When the systems generate electricity more than the host buildings can consume, the excess electricity is fed back to the grid to bank with the utility company through net metering. Below are large-scale multi-site installation projects with total size of rooftop units of 1 MW or larger.

Single-site installations[edit]

Each installation may be done on a single roof structure or on multiple buildings within the same site or campus.

In operation[edit]

Rooftop photovoltaic installation projects (1 MW or larger)
Project Location Country Nominal Power[4]
(MWp)
Production
(Annual GW·h)
Notes
CIS (Centro Ingrosso Sviluppo Campano) in Nola Nola - Naples, Italy Italy 20,252 33 Completed in 2013. Waterproofing photovoltaic system installed on rooftop by Enel Green Power and General Membrane SpA [3]
General Motors Zaragoza Spain 11.8 15.1 Installed at General Motors Spanish Zaragoza Manufacturing Plant in fall 2008.[17][18]
St. Charles International Perpignan France 9 On roof of a fruit and vegetable distribution centre[19][20]
Riverside Renewable Energy-Holt Logistics refrigerated warehouse New Jersey USA 9 Completed April 2012[21][22]
Largest Rooftop Solar PV Plant on a Single Roof by L&T Construction Punjab India 7.52 Installed on rooftop made of asbestos sheet of area 94,000 sq. m. Commissioned in June 2014[23]
Goodyear Dunlop logistic centre Philippsburg Germany 7.4 7.3 Constructed 2011[24]
Shanghai No.1/2 Metro Operation Co. Ltd. Hongqiao Railway Station, Shanghai China 6.68 6.3 BIPV roof of the station[25]
Sharp Kameyama Japan 5.1 BIPV roof[26]
Sonnenfleck-tts-Bürstadt Bürstadt, Hessen Germany 5 BIPV roof in 2005[27]
Avidan Energy Solutions Edison, NJ USA 4.26 5 Installation on a seventeen acre rooftop of a warehouse[28]
Hartmann AG Muggensturm, Baden-Württemberg Germany 3.84 BIPV roof in 2006[29]
Franz Fischer Dingolfing, Bavaria Germany 3.7 [26]
Michelin Solar Park Homburg Saarland Germany 3.5 [26]
The Shenergy Group Shanghai World Expo, Shanghai China 3.12 2.8 BIPV on two pavilions[30]
VT - Sun Chomutov Czech Republic 2.98 on two industrial roofs, completed 2010[31][32]
FedEx Woodbridge, NJ USA 2.42 Constructed 2010[33]
Volkswagen Wolfsburg Germany 2.4 [34]
Atlantic City Convention Center Atlantic City, NJ USA 2.36[35] Constructed 2009[36]
DuPont Fabros Technology NJ1 Data Center Piscataway, NJ USA 2.167[37]
Tesco Riverside, CA USA 2 2.69 Completed March 2008[38]
Trade fair Munich Germany 2.1 [26]
GSA Bean Federal Center Indianapolis, IN USA 2.012 Completed May 2010[39]
Toyota Parts Center Europe Belgium 1.8 1.62 Constructed 2010[40]
Google headquarters Mountain View, CA USA 1.6 Multi-building installation completed in 2007[41]
Solar Park Pfersdorf e.G. Germany 1.5 [26]
A logistics centre in Relzow Mecklenburg-West Pomerania Germany 1.5 [26]
Rome Trade Fair Rome Italy 1.4 Multi-building installation completed in 2008[42]
Lidl Freiburg im Breisgau Germany 1.2 [26]
Staples La Mirada, CA USA 1.1 2 [43]
Orange County Convention Center Orlando, FL USA 1 [44]
Port of Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA USA 1 1.2 [45]
Migros Romande Energie Lausanne Switzerland 1.1 1.1 [46]

Proposed or under construction[edit]

Proposed/under construction rooftop photovoltaic installation projects (1 MW or larger)
Project Location Country Nominal Power[4]
(MWp)
Production
(Annual GW·h)
Notes
Gloucester Marine Terminal Gloucester City, NJ USA 9 *[47]
White Rose Foods Carteret, NJ USA 5 **[48]
Macy's fulfillment center Arizona USA 3.5 **[49]
GSK Northeast Regional Distribution Center York, PA USA 3 Construction started in 2010*[50]
Gerresheimer Glass Inc /Vineland Vineland, NJ USA 2.9 Operational Q3 2012
Salt Palace Convention Center Salt Lake City, UT USA 2.4 **[51]
Cowley Companies warehouse Phoenix, AZ USA 2.4 **[52]
McCormick's distribution center Belcamp, MD USA 1.8 **[53]
Staples fulfillment center Hanover, MD USA 1 1.2 **[54]
* Under construction; ** Proposed

Multi-site installations[edit]

Some property owners who have many smaller buildings located in multiple sites within the same area may take advantage of installing many medium-size systems in one project to achieve the large-scale power generation to offset their total power usage. The sites of the same owner are normally connected into the same monitoring system for easy maintenance of the overall system.

In operation[edit]

Multi-site rooftop photovoltaic installation projects (1 MW or larger)
Project Location Country Nominal Power[4]
(MWp)
Production
(Annual GW·h)
Notes
San Diego Unified School District in 2003 San Diego, CA USA 4.17 Rooftop installation of 28 sites completed[55]
Lidl Logistic Centers Phase 1 Cambrai, Vars, and Les Arcs France 3 Rooftop installation on 3 sites completed in 2010[56]
Jefferson Union High School District Oceana, CA USA 1.53 2.34 Rooftop installation on 4 sites completed in 2010[57]
The Lawrence Public School Lawrenceville, NJ USA 1.2 Rooftop installation on 7 sites completed[58]
Livingston Public Schools Livingston, NJ USA 1.2 Rooftop installation on 8 sites completed in 2011[59][60][61][62][63][64][65][66]
Washoe County School District Washoe County, NV USA 1.05 2 Rooftop installation of 21 sites completed in 2011[67]

Proposed or under construction[edit]

Proposed/under construction multi-site rooftop photovoltaic installation projects (1 MW or larger)
Project Location Country Nominal Power[4]
(MWp)
Production
(Annual GW·h)
Notes
San Diego Unified School District in 2010 San Diego, CA USA < 9.4 Approved to add 53 more sites of 9.4 MW in size. Out of those, 47 sites will be rooftop only.*[55]
U.S. Army Hawaii Family Housing Hawaii USA 2 - 6 Partially completed. Total size 2 - 6 MW. Project timeline 2006-2015.*[68]
Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District Monmouth County, NJ USA 2.27 Proposed size of 4.53 MW on 8 sites which has 2.27 MW of rooftop units**[58]
* Under construction; ** Proposed

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  57. ^ Project: Jefferson Union School District, SCS Renewable
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