List of photovoltaic power stations
The following is a list of photovoltaic power stations that are larger than 150 megawatts (MW) in current net capacity. 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.
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. These two plants were superseded by a new "world's largest" facility in June 2015 when the 579 MWAC Solar Star project went online in the Antelope Valley region of Los Angeles County,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. The current largest photovoltaic power station in the world is Longyangxia Dam Solar Park, in Gonghe County, Qinghai, China. Additional even larger solar plants, including some over 1000 MW, have been proposed around the world.
World's largest photovoltaic power stations
Solar farms that are 150 MW or larger
|Longyangxia Dam Solar Park||China||850||824||148 (probably a mistake from the source)||2015||320 MW Phase I Completed in December 2013, 530 MW phase II in 2015|||
|Kamuthi Solar Power Project||India||648||n.a.||4.2||2016||Completed on 21 September 2016|||
|Solar Star (I and II)||United States||597||n.a.||13||2015||597 MWAC (747.3 MWp) connected to the grid on June 19, 2015. Consists of Solar Star I (318 MWAC or 397.8 MWDC) and Solar Star II: 279 MWAC or 349.5 MWDC|||
|Topaz Solar Farm||United States||550||1,301||9.5||2014||Gradually commissioned since February 2013, reached final capacity 550 MW in November 2014|||
|Desert Sunlight Solar Farm||United States||550||1,287||16||2015||Phase I with 300 MW completed in 2013. Construction of phase II to final capacity of 550 MW completed in January 2015|||
|Huanghe Hydropower Golmud Solar Park||China||500||23||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|||
|Copper Mountain Solar Facility||United States||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.|||
|Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park||Pakistan||400||1000||26.3||2015||First phase of 100 MW completed in April 2015 and inaugurated in May 2015. Approved to be upgraded to 1,500 MW.|||
|Yanchi Solar Park||China||380||525||2016||First phase of 380 MW completed in June 2016. Up to 2,000 MW when complete.|||
|Charanka Solar Park||India||345||n.a.||20||2012||Collection of 23 co-located power plants, of which the largest is 51 MW|||
|Cestas Solar Farm||France||300||380||2.5||2015||Completed in October 2015|||
|Agua Caliente Solar Project||United States||290||626||9.71||2014||Project was completed in April 2014|||
|Antelope Valley Solar Ranch||United States||266||525||8.50||2015||Has received government loan guarantee Corresponds to 230 MWAC|||
|Mount Signal Solar||United States||265.7||n.a.||8.01||2014||Corresponds to 206 MWAC. Completed in May 2014.|||
|Springbok Solar Farm||United States||255||n.a.||12||2016||Completed in September 2016. Another 90MW proposed|||
|Silver State South Solar Project||United States||250||n.a.||11.7||2016||Completed in June 2016.|||
|California Valley Solar Ranch||United States||250||399||7.96||2013||First 130 MW connected February 2013|||
|El Romero Solar Farm||Chile||246||n.a.||2016||at Vallenar in the Atacama region|||
|Mesquite Solar project||United States||207||413||3.6||2013||First phase of 150 MW in January 2013. Up to 700 MW when complete.|
|Garland Solar Facility||United States||200||2016||Completed December 2016.|||
|Gonghe Industrial Park Phase I||China||200||n.a.||2013||Completed in December 2013. Following phases with 550 MW planned.|||
|Tranquillity Solar project||United States||200||n.a.||2016||Completed in September 2016, Fresno County, California|||
|Solar Capital De Aar||South Africa||175||2014||De Aar completed August 2014, De Aar 3 completed March 2016|||
|Centinela Solar Energy Project||United States||170||n.a.||8.63||2013||Completed in July 2013|||
|Solarpark Meuro||Germany||166||n.a.||2||2012||Adjoins Senftenberg Solarpark|||
|Campo Verde Solar Project||United States||161||n.a.||2013||Corresponds to 139 MWAC. Completed in April 2013|||
|Finis Terrae solar project||Chile||160||n.a.||2016|||
|Comanche Solar||United States||156||n.a.||2016||Corresponds to 120 MWAC. Completed in November 2016|||
|Welspun Solar MP project||India||151||n.a.||3.05||2014||Completed in February 2014|||
|Imperial Solar Energy Center South||United States||150||n.a.||3.8||2013||Completed in November 2013|||
|Imperial Solar Energy Center West||United States||150||2016||Completed April 2016|||
|Roserock solar farm||United States||150||2016||Pecos County, Texas|||
|SolarGen 2 Imperial Valley||United States||150||2014|
|Stateline Solar||United States||150||n.a.||6.82||2016||Completed as of September 2016. Another 150MW under construction|||
|Zhongli Tenghui solar farm||China||150||n/a||2015||largest farm in Jiayuguan Solar Park a group of co-located power plants which has a total of 589MW|||
|Photovoltaic power plants|
Timeline of the largest PV power stations
|Year(a)||Name of PV power station||Country||Capacity
|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||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
Largest PV power stations in each country
|Name of PV power station|
|Australia||102||Nyngan Solar Plant|
|Canada||102||Grand Renewable Solar Project|
|Chile||246||El Romero Solar Farm|
|China||850||Longyangxia Dam Solar Park|
|France||300||Cestas Solar Farm|
|Honduras||146||Nacaome and Valle Solar Power Plant|
|India||648||Kamuthi Solar Power Project|
|Italy||84||Montalto di Castro Photovoltaic Power Station|
|Japan||148||Eurus Rokkasho Solar Park (Aomori)|
|Jordan||53||Shams Ma'am Solar farm|
|Pakistan||400||Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park|
|Philippines||133||Cadiz Solar Power Plant|
|South Africa||175||Solar Capital De Aar|
|Spain||60||Olmedilla Photovoltaic Park|
|Ukraine||106||Perovo Solar Park|
|United States||597||Solar Star(b)|
|(b) capacity given in MWAC otherwise in MWDC|
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