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Published on February 28th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan

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Largest Solar Power Plants In The World (CSP & Solar PV)

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February 28th, 2014 by Zachary Shahan
 

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Below are two lists—the largest solar PV power plants in the world and the largest concentrated solar power plants in the world. I go down to solar power plants 100 MW in capacity in both instances. Things are changing fast in these solar industries, with large plants going up on a monthly basis. I’ll do my best to keep these lists up to date (so that you can bookmark this page and reference it later). Luckily, I cover these industries every day for a living, so hopefully I can do that.

Without further ado, here are the largest solar power plants in the world:

Largest Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Power Plants in the World

  1. Topaz Solar Farm” in USA — 550 MW (300 MW completed up through January 2014)
  2. Agua Caliente” in USA — 251 MW (397 MW when complete)
  3. California Valley Solar Ranch” in USA — 250 MW (completed in 2013)
  4. Antelope Valley Solar Ranch” in USA — 230 MW (almost complete)
  5. Charanka Solar Park” in China — 221 MW
  6. “Golmud Solar Park” in China — 200 MW (completed in 2011)
  7. Imperial Solar Energy Center South” in USA — 200 MW (completed in 2013)
  8. Centinela Solar Energy Project” in USA — 170 MW (almost complete)
  9. “Meuro Solar Park” in Germany — 166 MW (completed in 2012)
  10. Mesquite Solar I” in USA — 150 MW (completed in 2012)
  11. “Copper Mountain Solar Facility” in USA — 150 MW (completed in 2013)
  12. “Neuhardenberg Airport Solar Park” in Germany — 145 MW (completed in 2013)
  13. Catalina Solar Project” in USA — 143 MW (completed in 2013)
  14. Campo Verde Solar Project” in USA — 139 MW (completed in 2012)
  15. Welspun Solar MP solar park in India — 130 MW (completed in 2014)
  16. “Templin Solar Park” in Germany — 128 MW (completed in 2012)
  17. Arlington Valley Solar II” in USA — 127 MW (completed in 2013)
  18. “Centrale solaire de Toul-Rosières” in France — 115 MW (completed in 2012)
  19. Perovo Solar Park” in Ukraine — 106 MW (completed in 2011)
  20. “Xitieshan Solar Park” in China — 100 MW (completed in 2011)
  21. “Gansu Jiayuguan Solar Park” in China — 100 MW (completed in 2013)
  22. “Ningxia Qingyang Solar Park” in China — 100 MW (completed in 2013)
  23. Sarnia Photovoltaic Power Plant” in Canada — 97 MW (completed in 2010)

Largest Solar Thermal Power Plants in Operation

  1. Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System” in the Mojave Desert of California, USA — 392 MW
  2. Solar Energy Generating Systems” in California, USA — 354 MW
  3. Solana Generating Station” in Arizona, USA — 280 MW
  4. Solaben Solar Power Station” in Logrosán, Spain — 200 MW
  5. Solnova Solar Power Station” in Seville, Spain — 150 MW
  6. Andasol Solar Power Station” in Granada, Spain — 150 MW
  7. “Extresol Solar Power Station” in Torre de Miguel Sesmero, Spain — 150 MW
  8. Shams 1” in Abu Dhabi, UAE — 100 MW (largest single-unit solar power plant in world)
  9. “Palma del Río Solar Power Station” in Córdoba, Spain — 100 MW
  10. “Manchasol Solar Power Station” in Ciudad Real, Spain — 100 MW
  11. “Valle Solar Power Station” in San José del Valle, Spain — 100 MW
  12. “Helioenergy Solar Power Station” in Écija, Spain — 100 MW
  13. “Aste Solar Power Station” in Alcázar de San Juan, Spain — 100 MW
  14. “Solacor Solar Power Station” in El Carpio, Spain — 100 MW
  15. “Helios Solar Power Station” in Puerto Lápice, Spain — 100 MW
  16. “Termosol Solar Power Station” in Navalvillar de Pela, Spain — 100 MW

For other solar records, be sure to check out our Solar Energy Facts & Solar Power Facts page.

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About the Author

is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



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