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"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use."
(Galileo Galilei)

Huerta Solar Olmedilla de Alarcon, Spain, courtesy Suravia S.A. Parque Solar Puertollano, Spain, courtesy Suravia S.A. Huerta Solar Trujillo, Spain, courtesy Suravia S.A. Huerta Solar Merida, Spain, courtesy Suravia S.A.

Some large-scale PV power plants with 20 MWp or more each
connected to the grid in Spain in 2008
(courtesy: Suravia S.A., fotografia aerea)

In 2010 large scale PV plants with cumulative power more that 3 GWp (preliminary data) were connected to the grid. Market leader was Germany with more than 1 GWp new power capacity installed closely followed by Italy and the Czech Republic. Data about installed power capacity in 2009 is available in PV Power Plants 2010 Industry Guide, published by Solarpraxis.

More detailed data for past years is available in pvresources Annual Review 2008 Extended Edition ...


World's largest photovoltaic power plants are presented in the table below. The list is divided into tables - each table includes 50 power plants. For each listed plant basic data is available (power, country, location, basic description etc.). Currently list with 1000 large photovoltaic plants is available (peak power > 2 MWp). In the table you may find different systems: standalone, hybrid, distributed, building integrated etc. But only systems (or system) which forms a unique photovoltaic power plant as a whole, are considered. If some power plants are missing and should be included in this table, or if some entries in the table should be modified, please send information to email. Countries where large-scale (>=1 MWp) power plants were put into service are (ranked by cumulative power capacity installed as at December 2010):

es   de   it   us   cz   fr - Spain, Germany, Italy, USA, Czech Republic, France incl. overseas departments,

kr   cn   ca   be   pt   gr - South Korea, China, Canada, Belgium, Portugal, Greece

jp   bg   in   th   sk   ae - Japan, Bulgaria, India, Thailand, Slovakia, United Arab Emirates

nl   cv   ua   ch   il   au - The Netherlands, Cape Verde, Ukraine, Switzerland, Israel, Australia

si   at   mx   nc   sa   tw - Slovenia, Austria, Mexico, New Caledonia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan (RoC)

ph - The Philippines

The main source of information included in the table below are press releases and various internet sources. The list should be as accurate as possible. Howewer the mistakes and missentries can not be excluded. Please inform me if some plants are not included or if the entries should be modified.

 

Power

Location

Description

Constructed

MWh/GHG

Picture

97 MW

cnd Canada,
Sarnia
(Ontario)

Picture courtesy:
First Solar

Sarnia PV power plant

GM

2009-2010

 

Sarnia PV power plant

84.2 MW

it Italy,
Montalto di Castro
(Lazio)

Picture courtesy:
SunRay Renewable

Montalto di Castro PV power plant

GM

SunPower Corp.
SunRay Renewable

2009-2010

 

Montalto di Castro PV power plant, Italy, courtesy Suravia S.A.

80.2 MW

de Germany,
Finsterwalde

Picture courtesy:
Q-Cells International

Solarpark Finsterwalde I,II,III

GM

Q-Cells International

2009-2010

 

Solarpark Finsterwalde, Germany, courtesy Q-Cells International

71.8 MW

de Germany,
Turnow-Preilack

Picture courtesy:
juwi

Solarpark Lieberose

GM

juwi

2009-2011

 

Solarpark Lieberose, Germany, courtesy juwi

70.6 MW

it Italy,
Rovigo

Picture courtesy:
SunEdison

Rovigo PV power plant

GM

2010

 

Rovigo, Italy, courtesy SunEdison

60 MW

es Spain,
Olmedilla
(Castilla-La Mancha)

Picture courtesy:
Suravia S.A.,
fotografia aerea

Parque Fotovoltaico Olmedilla de Alarcón

GM

2008

85 GWh

Huerta Solar Olmedilla de Alarcon, Spain, courtesy Suravia S.A.

54 MW

de Germany,
Straßkirchen

Picture courtesy:
Q-Cells International

Solarpark Straßkirchen

GM

Q-Cells International

2009

57 GWh

Solarpark Strasskirchen, Germany, courtesy Q-Cells International

52 MW

de Germany,
Tutow
(Mecklenburg- Vorpommern)

Picture courtesy:
juwi

Solarpark Tutow I,II,III

GM

juwi
2009-2011

 

Solarpark Tutow, Germany, courtesy juwi

48 MW

usa USA,
Boulder City, NV

Copper Mountain Solar Facility

GM

2010

   

47.6 MW

es Spain,
Puertollano
(Castila-La Mancha)

Picture courtesy:
SkyFotoFactory
fotografia aerea

Parque Fotovoltaico Puertollano

GM

2008

 

Parque Solar Puertollano, Spain, courtesy Suravia S.A.

46 MW

pt Portugal,
Moura
(Alentejo)

Picture courtesy:
ACCIONA Energia

Moura photovoltaic power plant

GM, TRAC

ACCIONA Energia

2008

 

Planta Solar Moura, Portugal, courtesy ACCIONA Energia

43 MW

it Italy,
Cellino San Marco

Cellino San Marco PV power plant

GM

2010

   

40 MW

de Germany,
Brandis

Picture courtesy:
juwi

Solarpark Waldpolenz

GM

juwi

2007
2008

 

Solarpark "Waldpolenz", Germany, courtesy juwi

38 MW

fr France,
Gabardan

Gabardan PV power plant

GM

2010

   

36.2 MW

it Italy,
Alfonsine

Parco Fotovoltaico Alfonsine

GM

2010

   

36 MW

de Germany,
Reckahn

Solarpark Reckahn I,II

GM

2010
Reckahn II under construction

   

35 MW

cz Czech Republic,
Veprek

Picture photo/courtesy:
Libor Bilek
phonosolar

FVE Veprek

GM

2010

 

FVE Veprek, Czech Republic, courtesy phonosolar

34.63 MW

it Italy,
Sant' Alberto

Sant' Alberto PV power plant

GM

2010

   

34.5 MW

es Spain,
Trujillo
(Cáceres)

Picture courtesy:
Suravia S.A.,
fotografia aerea

Planta Solar La Magascona & La Magasquila

GM, TRAC

2008

 

Huerta Solar Trujillo, Spain, courtesy Suravia S.A.

34.4 MW

de Germany,
Dörlesberg

Solarpark Ernsthof Ost, Ernsthof West I-IV

GM

2010

   

34 MW

es Spain,
Arnedo
(La Rioja)

Picture courtesy:
SkyFotoFactory
fotografia aerea

Planta Solar Arnedo

GM

T-Solar

2008

 

Planta solar Arnedo, Spain, courtesy SkyFotoFactory

31.8 MW

es Spain,
Dulcinea
(Cuenca)

Planta Solar Dulcinea

GM

2009

   

30 MW

usa USA,
Cimarron, NM

Cimarron Solar Facility

GM

2010

   

30 MW

es Spain,
Merida
(Extremadura)

Picture courtesy:
Suravia S.A.,
fotografia aerea

Parque Solar "SPEX" Merida/Don Alvaro

GM, TRAC

Deutsche Bank AG
ecoEnergías del Guadiana
Solarparc AG
SolarWorld AG
September 2008

 

Huerta Solar Merida, Spain, courtesy Suravia S.A.

29.9 MW

cz Czech Republic,
Sevetin

FVE Sevetin

GM

2010

   

26 MW

es Spain,
Fuente Álamo
(Murcia)

Picture courtesy:
Suravia S.A.,
fotografia aerea

Planta solar Fuente Álamo

GM

2008

44 GWh

Huerta Solar Fuente Alamo, Spain, courtesy Suravia S.A.

25.7 MW

de Germany,
Helmeringen

Picture courtesy:
Gehrlicher Solar

Solarpark Helmeringen

GM

Gehrlicher Solar
2008-2010

 

Solarpark Helmeringen, Germany, courtesy Gehrlicher Solar

25 MW

de Germany,
Eiche

Solarpark Eiche

GM

to be completed soon

   

25 MW

usa USA,
Arcadia, FL

DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center

GM, TRAC

2009

   

24.5 MW

de Germany,
Finow

Solarpark Finow

GM

2010

   

24 MW

cnd Canada,
Lombardy
(Ontario)

Rideau Lakes PV power plant

GM

2010

   

24 MW

fr France,
Les Mees

Parc Solaire Les Mees

GM

Solairedirect
2010

   

24 MW

kor Korea,
Sinan

Picture courtesy:
Conergy

Sinan power plant

GM, TRAC

Conergy

2008

33 GWh
24,000 t CO2

SinAn PV plant, South Korea, courtesy Conergy

23.4 MW

cnd Canada,
Arnprior
(Ontario)

Arnprior PV power plant

GM

2009

   

23.2 MW

es Spain,
Lucainena de las Torres
(Almeria)

Picture courtesy:
MEPGroup

Planta fotovoltaica de Lucainena de las Torres

GM

MEPGroup

2008

 

Planta solar Lucainena de las Torres, Spain, courtesy MEPGroup

23.1 MW

es Spain,
Abertura
(Caceres)

Picture courtesy:
Suravia S.A.,
fotografia aerea

Parque Fotovoltaico Abertura Solar

GM, TRAC

2008

47.4 GWh
49,800 t CO2

Parque Solar Abertura, Spain, courtesy Suravia S.A.

23 MW

es Spain,
Hoya de Los Vincentes, Jumilla
(Murcia)

Parque Solar Hoya de Los Vincentes, Jumilla

GM, TRAC

2008

41.6 GWh
42,000 t CO2

 

22.068 MW

es Spain,
Almaraz
(Caceres)

Picture courtesy:
Suravia S.A.,
fotografia aerea

Huerta Solar Almaraz

GM, TRAC

2008

 

Huerta Solar Almaraz, Spain, courtesy Suravia S.A.

22 MW

de Germany,
Köthen

Solarpark Köthen

GM

RGE Energy

2010-2011
to be expanded to 45 MW

   

22 MW

de Germany,
Pocking

Picture courtesy:
Martin Bucher Projekt-
entwicklungen

Solarpark Pocking I,II

GM

Martin Bucher Projektentwicklungen Pocking I
2006

Pocking II
2009

 

Solarpark Pocking, Germany, courtesy Martin Bucher Projektentwicklungen

21.78 MW

de Germany,
Mengkofen

Solarpark Mengkofen

GM

SolarWorld modules

Solarparc AG

2009

   

21.47 MW

es Spain,
El Coronil
(Andalucia)

Picture courtesy:
Suravia S.A.,
fotografia aerea

Parque Solar Parque solar El Coronil I + II

GM, TRAC

2008

40 GWh

Huerta Solar El Coronil, Spain, courtesy Suravia S.A.

21.2 MW

es Spain,
Calavéron

Picture courtesy:
Suravia S.A., fotografia aerea

Solarpark Calavéron

GM, TRAC

EPURON

2008

40 GWh

Planta fotovoltaico El Calaveron, Spain, courtesy Suravia, S.A.

21 MW

usa USA,
Blythe, CA

Solar electric power plant, Blythe

GM

2009

   

20 MW

de Germany,
Rothenburg
(Sachsen)

Picture courtesy:
Gehrlicher Solar

Solarpark Rothenburg

GM

Gehrlicher Solar

2009

 

Solarpark Rothenburg, Germany, courtesy Gehrlicher Solar

20 MW

chn China,
Geermu
(Qinghai)

Geermu PV power plant



GM

2010

   

20 MW

chn China,
Hongsibao
(Ningxia)

Hongsibao PV power plant

to be expanded to 50 MW

GM

2010

   

20 MW

chn China,
Sheyang
(Jiangsu)

Sheyang PV power plant



GM

2010

   

20 MW

chn China,
Xuzhou City
(Jiangsu)

Picture courtesy:
GPL-Poly Energy Holdings

Jiming Hill, Xuzhou City PV power plant



GM

2010

 

Xuzhou PV power plant, China, courtesy GCL-Poly Energy Holdings

20 MW

kor Korea,
Seoul

Picture courtesy:
Siemens

Seoul power plant

GM

2009

 

Seoul PV plant, Korea, courtesy Siemens



* Abbreviations - explanation

BG - Biogas as additional energy source in hybrid systems
BIPV - Building integrated photovoltaic system
BM - Biomass as additional energy source in hybrid systems
CONC - Concentrating photovoltaic system
CSC - Coloured solar cells
DI - Diesel fuel as additional source of energy in hybrid systems
DIST - Distributed photovoltaic system
GC - Grid-connected photovoltaic system
GM - Ground-mounted photovoltaic system
FC - Fuell cells as additional energy source in hybrid systems
FI - Facade-integrated system
FLEX - Flexible solar cells
FM - Facade-mounted system
HY - Hybrid photovoltaic system
NB - Noise barrier
PB - PV System part of a passive building
RES - Residental housing
RI - Roof-integrated photovoltaic system
RM - Roof-mounted photovoltaic system
SA - Standalone photovoltaic system
SV - "Shadow-Voltaic" system
TF - Thin-Film (aSi, CdTe, CIS etc.)
TRAC - Tracking system
TRAN - Transparent modules
WI - Wind as additional source of energy in hybrid systems
WP - Water pumping
 

Special thanks for contributions (permissions to use pictures, errata etc.) to Top 50/100, Top 25 BIPV and to Top 5 ranked by country lists - listed in alphabetic order:

Accener S.L., APS, Bangkok Solar, www.bergfoto.ch, Beck Energy, BES GmbH, BP Solar, Cagayan Electric Power & Light Co.,Inc., Chevron Energy Solutions, City Solar AG, Classic Bautreuhand GmbH & Co. KG, Colexon, Conergy, Deutsche BP, Ecofys, Ecostream, EEPro, Elektro Kirchner, ENEL, Energetica Energietechnik, EPURON, esTCI S.L., First Solar, Gehrlicher Solar, Generaciones Fotovoltaicas de la Mancha, Geo-Images Project, Department of Geography, University of California, Berkeley, GEOSOL Gesellschaft für Solarenergie mbH, Glaswerke Arnold GmbH&Co.KG, Globalsolar Inc., Goldbeck Solar, Gregory Kerwin, Grupo Enerpal, Tom Hansen (Tucson Electric Power), HiTechSolar s.r.o., IBC SOLAR AG, IM2 Energia Solar, Inversiones Solares Sunergy, SLL, Jayme da Costa, JSA Technology, juwi, K&S Consulting, Kahn Solar, Korowatt s.r.o., Martin Bucher Projektentwicklungen, Jiménez Belinchón, S.A., Joel Mendel, MEPGroup, Meyer & Meyer Holding GmbH & Co. KG, Michelin Reifenwerke KGaA, Mitsubishi Electric, MySolar, New Energy Invest GmbH, Takashi Oozeki - AIST, Pfalzwerke, Phoenix Solar, Pohlen Solar, Polder PV - Peter Segaar, Poulek Solar, PowerLight Corp., PV Labor der HTI Bern, Q-Cells International, Ra Solar, Ralos Vertriebs GmbH, Reginald Brown (BSRIA Ltd), S.A.G. Solarstrom, S.E. Project™ S.r.l., saferay GmbH, Scatec Solar, Scheuten Solar Technology, Seoul Marine Co., Sharp Electronics Europe GmbH, Shell Solar, SIEL/SIAC, Siemens Nederland N.V., SMA Technologie AG, Solar Energiedach GmbH, Solar Engineering Decker & Mack GmbH, Solar World SolarCraft, SolarOne Deutschland AG, Solarparc AG, Solarpark Rodenäs GmbH, Solarstrom Schwaben GmbH, SonnenEnergie GmbH, Stephan Schröder Management GmbH, StroomWerk, SunPower Corp., Sun Power & Geothermal Energy, SunEnergy GmbH, Suravia S.A. - fotografia aerea, SunStrom GmbH, Uni Solar Ovonic LLC, TAUBER-SOLAR Management GmbH, Bram Vorster, WIRSOL GmbH, WorldWater & Power Corp., Floris Wouterlood, flag icons provided by icondrawer.
 

Additional information - Reports

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Additional information - Books

Additional information - Journal Articles/Papers

book Siemer, J.: Wachstum in Zehnerpotenzen, die größten Solaranlagen der Welt; Photon 6/2005, p.114-129, Solar Verlag 2005.
book Rutschmann, I.: Land der Megawattparks; Photon 9/2008, p.40-45, Solar Verlag 2008.
book Monitoring zur Wirkung des novellierten EEG auf die Entwicklung der Stromerzeugung aus Solarenergie, insbesondere der Photovoltaik-Freiflächen; ARGE Monitoring PV-Anlagen c/o Bosch & Partner GmbH, Hannover on behalf of Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit, 31.07.2007.
book Cost and Performance Trends in Grid-Connected Photovoltaic Systems and Case Studies; IEA PVPS Task 2, Report IEA PVPS T2-06:2007, December 2007.