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Solar array at Nellis Air Force Base. These panels track the sun in one axis. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Larry E. Reid Jr.
Solar array at Nellis Air Force Base. These panels track the sun in one axis. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Larry E. Reid Jr.
Solar power plant near Serpa, Portugal
Solar power plant near Serpa, Portugal 38°1?51?N 7°37?22?W/38.03083,-7.62278
First Solar 40-MW CdTe PV Array installed by JUWI Group in Waldpolenz, Germany
First Solar 40-MW CdTe PV Array installed by JUWI Group in Waldpolenz, Germany
Solar photovoltaic cells convert sunlight into electricity and many solar photovoltaic power stations have been built, mainly in Europe.[1] Several large photovoltaic power plants have been completed in Spain in 2008: the Parque Fotovoltaico Olmedilla de Alarcon (60 MW), Parque Solar Merida/Don Alvaro (30 MW), Planta solar Fuente álamo (26 MW), Planta fotovoltaica de Lucainena de las Torres (23.2 MW), Parque Fotovoltaico Abertura Solar (23.1 MW), Parque Solar Hoya de Los Vincentes (23 MW), the Solarpark Calveron (21 MW), and the Planta Solar La Magascona (20 MW). Another recently completed 14 MW plant is located at Nellis Air Force Base in the USA. Germany has a 12 MW plant in Arnstein, and a 10 MW photovoltaic system in Pocking, with a 40 MW power station planned for Muldentalkreis. Portugal has an 11 MW plant in Serpa and a 62 MW power station is planned for Moura. A photovoltaic power station proposed for Australia will use heliostat concentrator technology, should come into service in 2010, and is expected to have a capacity of 154 MW when it is completed in 2013.[2]

Many of these plants are integrated with agriculture and some use innovative tracking systems that follow the sun's daily path across the sky to generate more electricity than conventional fixed-mounted systems. There are no fuel costs or emissions during operation of the power stations.



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World's largest photovoltaic power stations

World's largest photovoltaic (PV) power plants[1]
Name Country DC Peak Power (MW) GW·h
/year
Capacity factor Description
Parque Fotovoltaico Olmedilla de Alarcon Spain 60 85 0.16 Completed September 2008
Planta Solar Arnedo Spain 30     Completed October 2008
Parque Solar Merida/Don Alvaro Spain 30     Completed September 2008
Planta solar Fuente álamo Spain 26 44 0.19  
SinAn power plant Korea 24 33   Completed October 2008
Planta fotovoltaica de Lucainena de las Torres Spain 23.2     Completed August 2008
Parque Fotovoltaico Abertura Solar Spain 23.1 47 0.23  
Parque Solar Hoya de Los Vincentes Spain 23 41 0.20  
Huerta Solar Almaraz Spain 22.1     Completed September 2008
Solarpark Calveron Spain 21.2 40 0.22  
Huerta Solar Almaraz Spain 20     Completed September 2008
Planta solar fotovoltaico Calasparra Spain 20      
Planta Solar La Magascona Spain 20 42 0.24  
Beneixama photovoltaic power plant [3] Spain 20 30 0.17 Tenesol, Aleo and Solon solar modules with Q-Cells cells
Gochang power plant Korea 15 23   Completed October 2008
Planta de energía solar Mahora Spain 15     Completed September 2008
Nellis Solar Power Plant USA 14 30 0.24 70,000 solar panels
Planta Solar de Salamanca Spain 13.8 n.a.   70,000 Kyocera panels
Parque Solar Guadarranque Spain 13.6 20 0.17  
Lobosillo Solar Park Spain 12.7 n.a.   Chaori an YingLi modules
Parque Solar Fotovoltaico Villafranca Spain 12     High concentration PV technology
Erlasee Solar Park Germany 12 14 0.13 1,408 Solon mover
Serpa solar power plant[4] Portugal 11 20 0.21 52,000 solar modules
Pocking Solar Park Germany 10 11.5 0.13 57,912 solar modules
Monte Alto photovoltaic power plant Spain 9.5 14 0.17  
Viana Solar Park Spain 8.7 11 0.14  
Gottelborn Solar Park Germany 8.4 8.4 0.11  
Alamosa photovoltaic power plant[5] USA 8.2 17 0.24 Completed December 2007
Bavaria Solar Park in Muhlhausen[6] Germany 6.3 6.7 0.12 57,600 solar modules
Huerta solar de Aldea del Conde Spain 6.3     Completed October 2007
Huerta Solar Crevillent Spain 6 8 0.15 Completed January 2008
Huerta Solar de Olmedilla Spain 6     Completed November 2007
Rote Jahne Solar Park[7] Germany 6 5.7 0.11 90,000 First Solar thin-film modules
Darro Solar Park[1] Spain 5.8 11.6 0.23 Conergy and SunPower modules
Kameyama Japan 5.2 n.a.   47,000 square meters on Sharp LCD factory roof
For comparison, the largest non-photovoltaic solar plant, the solar thermal SEGS in California has an installed capacity of 354 MW. The largest nuclear power stations generate more than 1,000 MW.

Large systems in planning or under construction

Large systems in planning or under construction
Name Country DC Peak Power (MW) GW·h/year Capacity factor Description
Topaz Solar Farm [8] USA 550 1,100 0.23 Thin Film Silicon from OptiSolar **
High Plains Ranch [8] USA 250 550 0.25 Monocrystaline Silicon from SunPower with tracking **
Solar power station in Victoria[9] Australia 154 270 0.20 Heliostat concentrator using GaAs cells from Spectrolab**
KCRD Solar Farm[10][11][12] USA 80     Scheduled to be completed in 2012 **
Moura photovoltaic power station[13] Portugal 62 88 0.16 376,000 solar modules*
Waldpolenz Solar Park[14] [15] Germany 40 40 0.11 550,000 First Solar thin-film CdTe modules*
DeSoto County Florida[16] United States 25     To be constructed by SunPower for FPL Energy, completion date 2009.*
Davidson County solar farm[17] United States 21.5     36 individual structures**
Cádiz solar power plant Spain 20.1 36 0.20 *
Kennedy Space Center, Florida[16] United States 10     To be constructed by SunPower for FPL Energy, completion date 2010.**
* Under construction; ** Proposed

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photovoltaic_power_stations

Published - December 2008




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