The installation of large photovoltaic power plants in the world continues to increase both in number and installed power. As of today, there is already an installation in India that produces 1000MW. However, even larger photovoltaic solar power plants are still being built.
In this sense, the countries that lead the production of photovoltaic solar energy are China, the United States and India.
From the main photovoltaic solar installations in the world we highlight:
Kurnool Ultra Mega Solar Park. 1,000 MW. India
The Krnool Ultra Mega Solar photovoltaic park is located in India. Today it is already the largest photovoltaic plant in the world, surpassing the 850 MW of the Longyangxia Solar Park in China.
The park is located in Panyam Mandal, in the district of Kurnool, in Adhra Pradesh, in India. It occupies an area of 2400 hectares.
The photovoltaic energy park is composed of more than 4 million solar panels. Each of these photovoltaic panels has a capacity of 315 watts. In this way, the photovoltaic power plant manages to generate around 8 GWh per day.
Longyangxia Hydro- Solar PV Station. 850 MW. China
The Longyangxia solar plant, located in Qinghai Province, China. It uses the mixed hydro-solar technology. In this way, it is the largest photovoltaic solar plant in the world using this technology. This power plant occupies a total of 9.16 square kilometers.
The hydroelectric plant has a capacity of 1,280 MW of power. The entire hydroelectric power plant is expected to supply 483 GWh per year to the Chinese grid.
Kamuthi photovoltaic plant. 648 MW. India
The Kamuthi Solar Power Project solar photovoltaic plant is located in India. Specifically, it is located in Kamuthi, 90 km from Madurai, in the state of Tamil Nadu.
The installation is capable of generating 648MW. This large capacity of electrical production makes it the largest photovoltaic solar power plant in India.
The photovoltaic panels used by this solar plant occupy an area of 514 hectares.
Solar Star Solar Farm I and II. 597 MW. United States
That facility is a photovoltaic solar power plant located in the United States, near Rosamond in the state of California.
This plant has 1.7 million photovoltaic panels occupying an area of close to 13 square kilometers.
One of the remarkable features of this solar installation, compared to other photovoltaic plants of these dimensions, is that it uses a smaller number of photovoltaic panels. The photovoltaic panels used are of greater efficiency and are mounted on single axis trackers to optimize reception of solar radiation at each moment of the day. Another noteworthy feature is that other major US plants use a larger number of cadmium teloride photovoltaic modules instead of conventional silicon photovoltaic crystalline technology.
Copper Mountain Solar photovoltaic solar plant. 552 MW. United States
The Copper Mountain Solar photovoltaic solar installation consists of 4 floors. It is located in the state of Nevada, in the USA. With the addition of all the plants, this solar plant has the capacity to generate 552MW of electrical power through the use of solar energy.
The company that owns the solar plant is Sempra Generation.
Copper Mountain Solar's annual photovoltaic energy production is 1000 GWh.
Construction phases of the Copper Mountain Solar photovoltaic solar plant
The installation of photovoltaic solar energy from Copper Mountain Solar was built in 4 different phases.
Sempra Generation started building the solar plant in January 2010 until December 1, 2010.
At its construction peak, more than 350 workers were installing the 775,000 photovoltaic panels on the 180 ha site.
The expansion of the installation in more than 200 MW was approved in 2010. On August 4, 2011, Sempra announced a plan to expand the installation in 92 MW of electric power to connect in January 2013 and another 58 MW to be added for 2015.
Copper Mountain Solar 3 is the third phase of the Copper Mountain Solar solar energy complex. The construction of the 250 MW solar project began in 2013 and was completed in early 2015. With this stage, the solar plant is able to generate enough electricity to power some 80,000 homes.
Copper Mountain Solar 4 is the fourth phase of the Copper Mountain Solar photovoltaic complex. The construction of the 94 MW expansion project was scheduled to begin in 2015, creating around 350 construction jobs at its peak, and was completed by the end of 2016.