Largest Solar Power Farms in the World

Increase in population, climate change & ever growing sale of electronics-electric appliancesĀ  has resulted in tremendous need for electric energy.

Where conventional power generation methods such as coal / hydro powered generators are clearly unable to cope up with the ever growing power demand, nuclear power generation (although far better & more efficient-cleaner than the conventional ones) also has its own limitations.

Climate change & increased pollution is Earth’s atmosphere is now a clear & present danger which has to be addressed immediately. Fortunately, economic super powers of the World have taken note & are in a race to develop the largest clean power generation facilities in the World.

Solar powered energy generation is the new mantra & we are seeing rise in solar power farms all across the globe.

Here are some of the largest Solar Power generation facilities in the world:

1.) Datong Solar Power Base, China (Capacity: 3000MW)

This is the largest solar power project in the world at present. The project involves 3 phases with installation of 1000 MW power generation capacity in each phase.

2.) Tengger Desert Solar Park, China (Capacity: 1500 MW)

Situated in Zhongwei, Ningxia, the “great wall of solar” covers almost 3.2 % of the arid Tengger Desert. The facility covers a massive 1,200 km2 area in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in China.

3.) Kurnool Ultra Mega Solar Park, India (Capacity: 1000 MW)

Spread over a total area 24 km2 in Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh state, the facility has installed capacity of 1000 MW & is the third largest facility in the world at present. The park utilizes over 4 million solar panels with capacities of 315 and 320 Watts. The panels are connected to four 220/33 kV pooling stations of 250 MW each and a 400 / 220kV grid substation through nearly 2,000 circuit kilometres of cables. During a sunny day, the Kurnool Solar Park is able to generate more than 8 million kWh of electricity, which is sufficient to meet virtually the entire electricity demand in Kurnool district.

4.) Longyangxia Dam Solar Park, China (Capacity: 850 MW)

Located at the entrance of the Longyangxia canyon near the Yellow River in Gonghe County, Qinghai Province. The first phase with installed capacity of 320 MW was completed in 2013. The second phase with additional capacity of 530 MW was completed in 2015. The facility can power 2,00,000 residences at full capacity.

5.) Solar Star, U.S.A (Capacity: 579 MW)

Situated near Rosamond, California, the facility is spread over 13 km2 and relies on the installed 1.7 million solar panels to generate energy.