Olmedilla Photovoltaic Park

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Olmedilla Photovoltaic Park
Official nameParque Fotovoltaico Olmedilla de Alarcón
CountrySpain
LocationOlmedilla de Alarcón
Coordinates39°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
StatusOperational
Commission dateJuly 2008
Construction cost€384 million
Solar farm
TypeFlat-panel PV
Power generation
Units operational270,000
Nameplate capacity60 MWp
Annual net output87.5 GWh
External links
Websitewww.nobesol.com

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
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  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
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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References[edit]

  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.