Bavaria Solarpark

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Bavaria Solarpark
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An Avalon Waterways river cruise ship passing in front of the Bavaria Solarpark
LocationNeumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Bavaria
Coordinates49°9′30″N 11°26′0″E / 49.15833°N 11.43333°E / 49.15833; 11.43333Coordinates: 49°9′30″N 11°26′0″E / 49.15833°N 11.43333°E / 49.15833; 11.43333
Construction beganDecember 2004
Commission dateJune 2005
Owner(s)Deutsche Structured Finance (DSF)
Solar farm
TypeFlat-panel PV
Site area40 ha (98.8 acres)
Power generation
Units operational57,600
Nameplate capacity10.08 MW
Annual net output10.85 GWh

The Bavaria Solarpark is a group of three photovoltaic power stations in different locations in Germany. Its total capacity amounts to 10 megawatts (MW) and consists of the following distinct solar farms south of Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, in Bavaria:

  • The 6.3 MW Solarpark Mühlhausen
  • The 1.9 MW Solarpark Günching
  • The 1.9 MW Solarpark Minihof

The Bavaria Solarpark was constructed and is operated by the American company SunPower. It consists of 57,600 solar panels (model PowerLight NT-5AE3D by Sharp) mounted on SunPower's solar trackers and covers a total area of 40 hectares (99 acres).[1] Inaugurated on 30 June 2005, the solar farm was grid-connected six months later in December 2005. For a few months, the Solarpark Mühlhausen was the world's largest photovoltaic power station.

Timeline of the largest PV power stations in the world
Year(a) Name of PV power station Country Capacity
1982 Lugo  United States 1
1985 Carrisa Plain  United States 5.6
2005 Bavaria Solarpark (Mühlhausen)  Germany 6.3
2006 Erlasee Solar Park  Germany 11.4
2008 Olmedilla Photovoltaic Park  Spain 60
2010 Sarnia Photovoltaic Power Plant  Canada 97
2011 Huanghe Hydropower Golmud Solar Park  China 200
2012 Agua Caliente Solar Project  United States 290
2014 Topaz Solar Farm(b)  United States 550
2015 Longyangxia Dam Solar Park  China 850
2016 Tengger Desert Solar Park  China 1547
2019 Pavagada Solar Park  India 2050
Also see list of photovoltaic power stations and list of noteworthy solar parks
(a) year of final commissioning (b) capacity given in  MWAC otherwise in MWDC

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  1. ^ "The Bavaria Solarpark". Archived from the original (pdf) on October 26, 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-19.