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World’s Largest Solar Power Plants

A CleanTechnica reader recently asked how Latin America’s largest solar farm would compare with the largest solar farms in North America. That led me to updating our lists of the largest solar PV and concentrated solar power (CSP) plants on our Solar Power page. I have to say, despite covering news from this industry every day, I was surprised to see how many more solar power plants above 100 megawatts (MW) in capacity have jumped onto these lists since I last updated them. I’ll have to be sure to update these lists more regularly.

As we’ve discussed many times before, solar PV and CSP are very different. I’ve actually heard one CSP insider say CSP plants are more similar to nuclear power plants than solar PV power plants. That’s probably the key reason I keep these lists separate. Before reposting the Solar Love article in which I just published these largest solar power plants, I’ll point out that all 22 solar PV power plants over 100 MW in size were completed in 2011 or later—just within the past 3 years! And then there’s also all the rooftop solar and smaller solar PV power plants that have gone up. In other words, solar PV is growing fast. And costs continue to drop. It’s even hard for those of us in the industry to keep up!

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

“Gujarat Solar Park” in India — 600 MW (completed in 2012, includes a few somewhat separate solar parks)
“Topaz Solar Farm” in USA — 550 MW (300 MW completed up through January 2014)
“Agua Caliente” in USA — 251 MW (397 MW when complete)
“California Valley Solar Ranch” in USA — 250 MW (completed in 2013)
“Antelope Valley Solar Ranch” in USA — 230 MW (almost complete)
“Charanka Solar Park” in China — 221 MW (completed in 2012, part of the Gujarat Solar Park)

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