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 These two plants were superseded by a new world's largest facility in June 2015 when the 579 MWAC Solar Star project went online in the Antelope Valley region of Los Angeles County,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. As with other forms of power generation, significant challenges exist with regard to regional habitat modification, such as that resulting from the heat island effect, and the resulting stress to local threatened species. Several planned large facilities in the U.S. state of California have been downsized due in part to such concerns.
World's largest photovoltaic power stations
The following is a list of operating solar farms that are 200 MW or larger.
MWp or MWAC (*)
|Tengger Desert Solar Park||China||1,547||43||2016||1,547 MW solar power was installed in Zhongwei, Ningxia by 2015.|||
|Bhadla Solar Park||India||1,365||40||2018||The park is proposed to have a capacity of 2,255 MW to be completed by December 2018.|||
|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|||
|Villanueva Solar Park||Mexico||828||24||2018||828 MW when completed, expected completion in second half of 2018|||
|Rewa Ultra Mega Solar||India||750||2018|||
|Kamuthi Solar Power Project||India||648||10.1||2016||Completed on 21 September 2016|||
|Gujarat Solar Park 1||India||615||20||2012||Situated at Charanka village in Patan district of Gujarat. Capacity expected to go upto 790 MW in 2019.|||
|Pavagada Solar Park||India||600||53||2017||In Karnataka state, total planned capacity 2,000 MW|||
(I and II)
|United States||579*||1,664||13||2015||Largest in California and US. 579 MWAC (747.3 MWp) connected to the grid on June 19, 2015.|||
|Copper Mountain Solar Facility||United States||552*||1,291||16.2||2016||Largest in Nevada at 552 MWAC. Proposed Fifth Unit to add 250MW.|||
|Desert Sunlight Solar Farm||United States||550*||1,287||16||2015||Phase I of 300 MWAC completed 2013. Phase II to final capacity completed January 2015.|||
|Topaz Solar Farm||United States||550*||1,268||19||2014||Gradually commissioned since February 2013. Reached final capacity November 2014.|||
|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|||
|NP Kunta||India||500||2018||In Nambulapulakunta Mandal of Andhra Pradesh state. Total planned capacity 1500 MW|||
|Three Gorges Golmud Solar Park||China||500||2018|||
|Three Gorges Delingha Solar Park||China||500||2018|||
|Mount Signal Solar||United States||460*||1,197||15.9||2018||Phase 1 of 206 MWAC in May 2014. Phase 3 of 254 MWAC in July 2018. Phase 2 of 154 MWAC projected in 2020. Up to 600 MWAC when complete.|||
|Mesquite Solar project||United States||400*||1,140||9.3||2016||Largest in Arizona. Up to 700 MWAC when complete.|||
|Pirapora Solar project||Brazil||400||2018||Three phases (191.5 MW, 115 MW, 92.5 MW)|||
|Yanchi Solar Park||China||380||525||2016||First phase of 380 MW completed in June 2016. Up to 2,000 MW when complete.|||
|Cestas Solar Park||France||300||380||2.5||2015||Completed in October 2015|||
|Techren Solar Project||United States||300*||9.3||2019||100MW Phase 1 and 200MW Phase 2. Expected completion in 2019. Up to 400MW when complete.|||
|Nova Olinda Solar Farm||Brazil||292||2017||in Ribeira do Piauí, Piauí|||
|Agua Caliente Solar Project||United States||290*||740||9.7||2014||290MWAC project was completed in April 2014|||
|California Flats Solar Project||United States||280*||11.7||2017||130 MWAC completed November 2017. Full capacity year-end 2018.|
|Springbok Solar Farm||United States||260*||717||5.7||2016||260MW(AC) completed. Another 90MW proposed|||
|Don José Solar Farm||Mexico||260||2018||Completed May 2018|||
|Ituverava Solar Farm||Brazil||254||2017||in Tabocas do Brejo Velho, Bahia|||
|Mandsaur Solar Farm||India||250||2017||in Madhya Pradesh|||
|McCoy Solar Energy Project||United States||250*||745||9.3||2016||First 250 MW commissioned June 2016. Two more 250MW phases proposed.|||
|Silver State South Solar Project||United States||250*||711||11.7||2016||Commissioned December 2016|||
|California Valley Solar Ranch||United States||250*||675||7.96||2013||Completed October 2013|||
|Stateline Solar||United States||250*||658||6.82||2016||Completed September 2016.|||
|Moapa Southern Paiute||United States||250*||629||8.1||2016||First station on north american tribal lands. Commissioned March 2017.|||
|El Romero Solar Farm||Chile||246||2016||at Vallenar in the Atacama region|||
|Nikopol Solar Park||Ukraine||246||2019||Operating since February 16, 2019|||
|Escalante Solar Project||United States||240*||624||7.7||2016||Largest in Utah.|||
|Blythe Solar Energy Center||United States||235*||622||8.1||2016||Phase 1 of 110 MWAC in Apr 2016. Phase 2 of 125 MWAC in Oct 2016. Up to 485MW when complete|||
|Setouchi Kirei Solar Power Plant||Japan||235||2018||Completed November 2018|||
|Antelope Valley Solar Ranch||United States||230*||614||8.5||2015||Largest in Los Angeles County, CA|||
|Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park||United Arab Emirates||213||2017||1000 MW planned|||
|Cixi solar farm||China||200||3||2017||Completed in January 2017. Mounted atop Changhe and Zhouxiang aquaculture reservoirs|||
|GA Solar 4 Project||United States||200*||8.1||2019||Largest in Georgia and eastern US. Expected completion December 2019. 261MWdc/200MWac.|||
|Gansu Jintai Solar Facility||China||200||2013||in Jin Chang, Gansu Province|||
|Garland Solar Facility||United States||200*||547||8.1||2016||272MWdc/200MWac. Kern County, CA|||
|Gonghe Industrial Park Phase I||China||200||2013||Completed in December 2013. Following phases with 550 MW planned.|||
|Great Valley Solar||United States||200*||6.5||2018||281MWdc/200MWac. Fresno County, CA|||
|Tranquillity Solar project||United States||200*||455||7.7||2016||258MWdc/200MWac. Fresno County, CA|||
|Midway Solar||United States||236||6.1||2019||236MWdc/178MWac. Pecos County, TX|||
|Upton Solar 2||United States||235||7.7||2017||235MWdc/180MWac with 42MWh storage. Upton County, TX|||
|Roserock Solar||United States||212||396||5.3||2016||212MWdc/157MWac. Pecos County, TX|||
|Buckthorn Solar 1||United States||202||5.1||2018||202MWdc/154MWac. Pecos County, TX|||
|Ananthapuramu - II||India||200||17.0||2019||Near Tadipatri town in Anantapur district. Planned capacity 500 MW|||
Timeline of the largest PV power stations
|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 photovoltaic power stations and list of noteworthy solar parks|
(a) year of final commissioning (b) capacity given in MWAC otherwise in MWDC
Largest PV power stations in each country
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