List of photovoltaic power stations
The following is a list of photovoltaic power stations that are larger than 200 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 96 GWAC which generated 1.3% of global power by the end of 2016.
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 in Arizona reached 247 MW only to be passed by three larger plants in 2013. In 2014, two plants were tied as largest: Topaz Solar Farm, a PV solar plant at 550 MWAC in central coast area and a second 550-MW plant, the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm located in the far eastern desert region of 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 These two plants were superseded by a new world's largest facility in June 2015 when the 579 MWAC Solar Star project went online in the Antelope Valley region of Los Angeles County,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. In 2016, the largest photovoltaic power station in the world was the 850 MW Longyangxia Dam Solar Park, in Gonghe County, Qinghai, China. Additional larger solar plants, including one over 200,000 MW, have been proposed around the world.
World's largest photovoltaic power stationsEdit
Operating solar farms that are 200 MW or larger
|Tengger Desert Solar Park||China||1,547||43||2016||1,547 MW solar power was installed in Zhongwei, Ningxia by 2015.|||
|Kurnool Ultra Mega Solar Park||India||1,000||24||2017||1000 MW operational as of December 2017|||
|Datong Solar Power Top Runner Base||China||,||1,000||2016||1 GW Phase I completed in June 2016. Total capacity will be 3 GW in 3 phases.|||
|Longyangxia Dam Solar Park||China||850||23||2015||320 MW Phase I Completed in December 2013, 530 MW phase II in 2015|||
|Rewa Ultra Mega Solar||India||750||2018|||
|Bhadla Solar Park||India||746||40||2017||The park is proposed to have a capacity of 2,255 MW with 1920 MW auctioned off in four phases till now and a tender for additional 750 MW floated in June 2017. A total of 2055 MW installed capacity is expected to be completed by December 2018.|||
|Kamuthi Solar Power Project||India||648||10.1||2016||Completed on 21 September 2016|||
|Pavagada Solar Park||India||600||53||2017||In Karnataka state, total planned capacity 2,000 MW|||
|Solar Star (I and II)||United States||579||1,664||13||2015||579 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||24.6||2014||Gradually commissioned since February 2013, reached final capacity 550 MW in November 2014|||
|Copper Mountain Solar Facility||United States||552||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 completed in 2016.|||
|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|||
|Mount Signal Solar||United States||452||8.01||2014||Corresponds to 594 MWDC. First phase completed in May 2014. Up to 600 MWAC when complete.|||
|Mesquite Solar project||United States||400||2013||First phase of 150 MW in January 2013. Up to 700 MW when complete.|||
|NP Kunta||India||400||2018||in Andhra Pradesh state. Total planned capacity 1500 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||20||2012||Collection of 23 co-located power plants, of which the largest is 51 MW|||
|Springbok Solar Farm||United States||328||12||2016||260MW(AC) Another 90MW proposed|||
|Villanueva Solar||Mexico||310||24||2018||828 MW when completed, expected completion in second half of 2018|||
|Cestas Solar Park||France||300||380||2.5||2015||Completed in October 2015|||
|Stateline Solar||United States||300||6.82||2016||Completed as of September 2016.|||
|Nova Olinda Solar Farm||Brazil||292||2017||in Ribeira do Piauí, Piauí|||
|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|||
|Mandsaur Solar Farm||India||250||2017||in Madhya Pradesh|||
|Ituverava Solar Farm||Brazil||254||2017||in Tabocas do Brejo Velho, Bahia|||
|Silver State South Solar Project||United States||250||11.7||2016||Completed in June 2016.|||
|California Valley Solar Ranch||United States||250||399||7.96||2013||First 130 MW connected February 2013|||
|Moapa Southern Paiute||United States||250||2016|||
|McCoy Solar Energy Project||United States||250||2016|||
|El Romero Solar Farm||Chile||246||2016||at Vallenar in the Atacama region|||
|Escalante Solar Project||United States||240||2016||Completed August 2016.|
|Panoche Valley Solar Farm||United States||240||2018||Completed January 2018.|||
|Don José Solar Farm||Mexico||238||2018||Completed May 2018. 22MW expansion underway|||
|Blythe Solar Energy Center||United States||235||2016|||
|Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park||United Arab Emirates||213||2017||1000 MW planned|||
|Garland Solar Facility||United States||200||2016||Completed December 2016.|||
|Cixi solar farm||China||200||3||2017||Completed in January 2017. Mounted atop Changhe and Zhouxiang aquaculture reservoirs|||
|Gonghe Industrial Park Phase I||China||200||2013||Completed in December 2013. Following phases with 550 MW planned.|||
|Gansu Jintai Solar Facility||China||200||2013||in Jin Chang, Gansu Province|||
|Tranquillity Solar project||United States||200||2016||Completed in September 2016, Fresno County, California|||
Timeline of the largest PV power stationsEdit
|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||Longyangxia Dam Solar Park||China||850|
|2016||Tengger Desert Solar Park||China||1547|
|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 countryEdit
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