Erlasee Solar Park

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Erlasee Solar Park
Erlasee Solar Park - Photography of several solar trackers, each suspending a dozen of solar panels
The world's largest solar farm 2006/2007
Erlasee Solar Park is located in Germany
Erlasee Solar Park
Location of Erlasee Solar Park in Germany
Country Germany
Location Arnstein, Bavaria
Coordinates 50°0′11″N 9°55′14″E / 50.00306°N 9.92056°E / 50.00306; 9.92056Coordinates: 50°0′11″N 9°55′14″E / 50.00306°N 9.92056°E / 50.00306; 9.92056
Status Operational
Construction began 2005
Commission date September 2006
Construction cost €70 million
Owner(s) S.A.G. Solarstrom and others
Solar farm
Type Flat-panel PV
Site area 77 ha (190.3 acres)
Power generation
Units operational 1,464 x 12
Nameplate capacity 11.4 MW
Annual generation 14 GWh

The Erlasee Solar Park, or Solarstrompark Gut Erlasee, is a 11.4 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic power station located in Bavaria, southern Germany, in one of the sunniest regions of the country. Constructed on a former vineyard by the company Solon SE in 2006, it was then the world's largest photovoltaic power station.

The project uses 1,464 double-axis solar trackers to increase the annual electricity yield by 30 percent. Each tracker shoulders twelve conventional solar panels made of crystalline silicon. The plant generates about 14,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) annually, or as much as the average consumption of the nearby town of Arnstein.[1]

The plant cost €70 million and covers an area of 77 hectares (190 acres). The project was officially commissioned on 1 September 2006. The inauguration party included a concert given by the popular German rock bands BAP and The BossHoss.

Timeline of the largest PV power stations in the world
Year(a) Name of PV power station Country Capacity
1982 Lugo USA 1
1985 Carrisa Plain USA 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 USA 290
2014 Topaz Solar Farm(b) USA 550
2015 Solar Star(b) USA 579
Also see list of noteworthy solar parks
(a) year of final commissioning (b) capacity given in  MWAC otherwise in MWDC

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  1. ^ Solar Park "Gut Erlasee"

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