List of photovoltaic power stations

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Topaz Solar Farm (550 MW) was the world's largest solar farm in 2014 until superseded by the 579-megawatt Solar Star project in 2015.

The following is a list of photovoltaic power stations that are larger than 100 megawatts (MW) in current net capacity.[1] Most are individual photovoltaic power stations, but some are groups of co-located plants owned by different independent power producers and with separate transformer connections to the grid. Wiki-Solar reports total global capacity of utility-scale photovoltaic plants to be some 60 GWAC at the end of 2015.[2][3]

The size of photovoltaic power stations has increased progressively over the last decade with frequent new capacity records. The 97 MW Sarnia Photovoltaic Power Plant went online in 2010. Huanghe Hydropower Golmud Solar Park reached 200 MW in 2012. In August 2012, Agua Caliente Solar Project, (Arizona, 290 MW) reached 247 MW only to be passed by three larger plants in 2013. As of November 2014, Topaz Solar Farm was the largest PV solar plant in the world at 550 MWAC in central coast area and a second 550-MW plant, the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm is located in the far eastern desert region of Riverside County, California.[4][5] These two plants were superseded by a new "world's largest" facility in June 2015 when the 579 MWAC Solar Star project went online in the Antelope Valley region of Los Angeles County, California.[6] Additional even larger solar plants, including some over 1000 MW, have been proposed around the world.

World's largest photovoltaic power stations[edit]

Name Country Location Capacity
MWp
Generation
GW·h p.a.
Year Remarks Ref
Longyangxia Dam Solar Park  China
36°10′54″N 100°34′41″E / 36.18167°N 100.57806°E / 36.18167; 100.57806 (Longyangxia Dam Solar Park)
850 824[7] 2014 320 MW Phase I Completed in December 2013, 530 MW phase II in 2015 [8][9][10][11][12]
Solar Star (I and II)  United States
34°49′50″N 118°23′53″W / 34.83056°N 118.39806°W / 34.83056; -118.39806 (Solar Star)
579 n.a. 2015 579 MWAC (747.3 MWp) connected to the grid on June 19, 2015.[13] Consists of Solar Star I (318 MWAC or 397.8 MWDC) and Solar Star II: 279 MWAC or 349.5 MWDC [14][15]
Topaz Solar Farm  United States
35°23′N 120°4′W / 35.383°N 120.067°W / 35.383; -120.067 (Topaz Solar Farm)
550 1,301 2014 Gradually commissioned since February 2013, reached final capacity 550 MW in November 2014 [16][17][18]
Desert Sunlight Solar Farm  United States
33°49′33″N 115°24′08″W / 33.82583°N 115.40222°W / 33.82583; -115.40222 (Desert Sunlight Solar Farm)
550 1,287 2015 Phase I with 300 MW completed in 2013. Construction of phase II to final capacity of 550 MW completed in January 2015 [19][20][21][22][23]
Huanghe Hydropower Golmud Solar Park  China
36°24′00″N 95°07′30″E / 36.40000°N 95.12500°E / 36.40000; 95.12500 (Golmud Solar Park)
500 2014 Phase I completed in October 2011, followed by Phase II and III. 60 MW phase IV under construction. Within a group of 1,000 MW of co-located plants [11][24][25][26]
Copper Mountain Solar Facility  United States
35°47′N 114°59′W / 35.783°N 114.983°W / 35.783; -114.983 (Copper Mountain Solar Facility)
458 1,087 2015 Phase 1 completed in December 2010. Phase 2 completed in January 2013. Phase 3 completed in early 2015. Construction of 94 MW phase 4 scheduled to commence in 2015 and be completed by year-end 2016. [8][27][28]
Kamuthi Solar Power Project  India 360 n.a. 2016 Collection of 5 plants, expected to be 648 MW on completion [29]
Charanka Solar Park  India
23°54′N 71°12′E / 23.900°N 71.200°E / 23.900; 71.200 (Charanka Solar Park)
605 n.a. 2012 Collection of 23 co-located power plants, of which the largest is 51 MW [30][31][32][33]
Cestas Solar Farm  France 44°43′32″N 0°49′1″W / 44.72556°N 0.81694°W / 44.72556; -0.81694 (Cestas Solar Farm) 300 380 2015 Completed in October 2015 [34]
Agua Caliente Solar Project  United States
32°57.2′N 113°29.4′W / 32.9533°N 113.4900°W / 32.9533; -113.4900 (Agua Caliente)
290 626 2014 Project was completed in April 2014 [35][36][37][38]
Antelope Valley Solar Ranch  United States
34°46′N 118°25′W / 34.767°N 118.417°W / 34.767; -118.417 (Antelope Valley Solar Ranch)
266 525 2015 Has received government loan guarantee Corresponds to 230 MWAC [4][35][39][40][41][42]
Mount Signal Solar  United States
32°40.4′N 115°38.38′W / 32.6733°N 115.63967°W / 32.6733; -115.63967 (Mount Signal Solar)
265.7 n.a. 2014 Corresponds to 206 MWAC. Completed in May 2014. [43][44]
California Valley Solar Ranch  United States
35°20′N 119°55′W / 35.333°N 119.917°W / 35.333; -119.917 (California Valley Solar Ranch)
250 399 2013 First 130 MW connected February 2013 [45][46][47][48]
Mesquite Solar project  United States
33°20′N 112°55′W / 33.333°N 112.917°W / 33.333; -112.917 (Mesquite)
207 413 2013 First phase of 150 MW in January 2013. Up to 700 MW when complete.  
Gonghe Industrial Park Phase I  China
 
200 n.a. 2013 Completed in December 2013. Following phases with 550 MW planned. [11][49]
Solar Capital De Aar  South Africa 30°35′52″S 24°6′6″E / 30.59778°S 24.10167°E / -30.59778; 24.10167 (Solar Capital De Aar) 175 2014 De Aar completed August 2014, De Aar 3 completed March 2016 [50][51]
Centinela Solar Energy Project  United States
32°40′55″N 115°39′38″W / 32.68194°N 115.66056°W / 32.68194; -115.66056 (Centinela Solar Energy Project)
170 n.a. 2013 Completed in July 2013 [35][52]
Solarpark Meuro  Germany
51°32′N 13°55′E / 51.533°N 13.917°E / 51.533; 13.917 (Solarpark Meuro)
166 n.a. 2012 Adjoins Senftenberg Solarpark [8]
Campo Verde Solar Project  United States
32°45′N 115°43′W / 32.750°N 115.717°W / 32.750; -115.717 (Campo Verde Solar)
161 n.a. 2013 Corresponds to 139 MWAC. Completed in April 2013 [8][53]
María Elena solar project  Chile
 
160 n.a. 2016 [54]
Welspun Solar MP project  India
 
151 n.a. 2014 Completed in February 2014 [55][56][57]
Imperial Solar Energy Center South  United States
32°47′N 115°42′W / 32.783°N 115.700°W / 32.783; -115.700 (Imperial Solar South)
150 n.a. 2013 Completed in November 2013 [58][59]
SolarGen 2 Imperial Valley  United States 150 2014
Eurus Rokkasho Solar Park (Aomori)  Japan 148 n.a. 2015 115 MWAC, in operation since October 2015 [60][61]
Nacaome and Valle Solar Power Plant  Honduras
 
146 n.a. 2015 Completed in May 2015 [62]
Neuhardenberg Solar Park  Germany
52°36′49.62″N 14°14′32.64″E / 52.6137833°N 14.2424000°E / 52.6137833; 14.2424000 (Neuhardenberg Solar Park)
145 n.a. 2012 A group of 11 co-located plant by the same developer but with different IPPs. Completed in September 2012. [8][63][64]
Arlington Valley Solar II  United States
33°18′39″N 112°49′44″W / 33.31083°N 112.82889°W / 33.31083; -112.82889 (AVSE II)
145 n.a. 2013 Completed in November 2013 [8][65]
Catalina Solar Project  United States
34°56′N 118°20′W / 34.933°N 118.333°W / 34.933; -118.333 (Catalina Solar Project)
143 204 2013 Phase 1 completed in 2012. Phase 2 completed in September 2013 [66][67][68]
Quinto Solar Project  United States
37°07′N 121°04′W / 37.117°N 121.067°W / 37.117; -121.067 (Quinto Solar Project)
136 n.a. 2015 Completed June 2015, 110 MW(ac)/135.6 MW(dc) [69][70]
Cadiz Solar Power Plant  Philippines 132.5 n.a. 2016 Completed in March 2016 [71]
Templin Solar Park  Germany
53°1′53.62″N 13°32′18.92″E / 53.0315611°N 13.5385889°E / 53.0315611; 13.5385889 (Templin Solar Park)
128.48 n.a. 2012 Completed in September 2012 [8][72]
Tambol Huawai  Thailand   126 n.a. 2013   [73]
Sakri Solar Plant  India
20°59′N 74°19′E / 20.983°N 74.317°E / 20.983; 74.317 (Sakri solar plant)
125 n.a. 2013 Completed in March 2013 [74][75][76]
Alamo 5  United States   118 n.a. 2016 Completed April 2016, 95 MW(AC) [77][78]
Toul-Rosières Solar Park  France
48°47′12″N 5°58′44″E / 48.786672°N 5.979002°E / 48.786672; 5.979002 (Toul-Rosières Solar Park)
115 n.a. 2012 Completed in July 2012 [79]
Softbank Tomatoh Abira Solar Park  Japan 111 n.a. 2015 79 MWAC, in operation since December 2015 [61]
Perovo Solar Park  Ukraine
44°54′N 33°56′E / 44.900°N 33.933°E / 44.900; 33.933 (Perovo Solar Park)
105.56 133 2011 Final stage completed in December 2011 [8][80][81]
Utah Red Hills Renewable Park  United States 104 210 2015 [82]
Nyngan Solar Plant  Australia 31°34′S 147°05′E / 31.567°S 147.083°E / -31.567; 147.083 (Nyngan Solar Park) 102 230 2015 Completed in June 2015. Thin film CdTe from First Solar [83][84][85][86][87]
ACME Solar Project  India   100 n.a. 2015 Completed in June 2015
Amanecer Solar CAP  Chile 27°07′06″S 70°10′16″W / 27.11833°S 70.17111°W / -27.11833; -70.17111 (Amanecer Solar CAP) 100 270[88] 2014 Completed in June 2014 [89]
Azure Solar Project  India
 
100 n.a. 2015 Completed in May 2015
Chengde PV Project Phase I and II  China   100 n.a. 2013 [90]
Gansu Jiayuguan Solar Park  China
 
100 n.a. 2013 Completed in June 2013 [8][91]
Grand Renewable Solar Project  Canada
 
100 n.a. 2015 Completed in August 2015 [92]
Kingston Solar  Canada
 
100 n.a. 2015
 
[93]
Ningxia Qingyang Solar Park  China
 
100 150 2013   [94][95]
Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park  Pakistan
29°19′N 71°49′E / 29.317°N 71.817°E / 29.317; 71.817 (Quaid-E-Azam Solar Park)
100[96] 1000 2015 First phase of 100 MW completed in April 2015 and inaugurated in May 2015. Approved to be upgraded to 1,500 MW. [96][97][98]
Xiangshui Solar  China   100 n.a. 2014 [99]
Xitieshan Solar Park  China
37°18′34″N 95°29′5″E / 37.30944°N 95.48472°E / 37.30944; 95.48472 (Xitieshan Solar Park)
100 164 2011 Phase I completed 2010, phases II and III in 2011 [100][101][102][103][104]
Notes:
  • For comparison of the listed "nominal power" in the above table, see list of largest power stations in the world, listing for each renewable and non-renewable technology the world's top 10 largest power stations in terms of nominal capacity.
  • List is generally incomplete, outdated and includes only the largest power stations, only above a capacity of 100 MW
Photovoltaic power plants

Timeline of the largest PV power stations[edit]

Timeline of the largest PV power stations in the world
Year(a) Name of PV power station Country Capacity
MW
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  United States 200
2012 Agua Caliente Solar Project  United States 290
2014 Topaz Solar Farm(b)  United States 550
2015 Solar Star(b)  United States 579
2015 Longyangxia Dam Solar Park  China 850
Also see list of noteworthy solar parks
(a) year of final commissioning (b) capacity given in  MWAC otherwise in MWDC

See also[edit]

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