Olmedilla Photovoltaic Park

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Olmedilla Photovoltaic Park
Olmedilla Photovoltaic Park is located in Spain
Olmedilla Photovoltaic Park
Location of Olmedilla Photovoltaic Park in Spain
Official name Parque Fotovoltaico Olmedilla de Alarcón
Country Spain
Location Olmedilla de Alarcón
Coordinates 39°37′43″N 02°04′37″W / 39.62861°N 2.07694°W / 39.62861; -2.07694Coordinates: 39°37′43″N 02°04′37″W / 39.62861°N 2.07694°W / 39.62861; -2.07694
Status Operational
Commission date July 2008
Construction cost €384 million
Solar farm
Type Flat-panel PV
Power generation
Units operational 270,000
Nameplate capacity 60 MWp
Annual generation 87.5 GWh

The Olmedilla Photovoltaic Park is a 60-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic power plant, located in Olmedilla de Alarcón, Spain. When completed in July 2008, it was the world's largest power plant using photovoltaic technology.[1][2]

The plant employs more than 270,000 conventional solar panels, using solar cells made of conventional crystalline silicon. Olmedilla generates about 87,500 megawatt-hours per year, enough to power 40,000 homes. Construction of the plant cost €384 million (US$530 million).[1][3][4]

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. ^ a b Mims, Christopher (2009-06-04). "Slide Show: The World's 10 Largest Renewable Energy Projects". Scientific American. Retrieved 2010-12-04. 
  2. ^ "Solar Energy Country Notes update". Survey of Energy Resources Interim Update 2009. World Energy Council. 2009. Retrieved 2010-12-04. 
  3. ^ "Olmedilla de Alarcón (España)". Nobesol. Retrieved 2014-12-30. 
  4. ^ Al Gore (2009). Our Choice, p. 65.