At Green Dealflow we work with wind and solar projects, we find inspiration from all of the developers we are working with, but also by the successful constructions, especially the joint effort that private companies, governments and households put in pushing the transition to a clean – energy powered society. We have collected the biggest solar and wind projects worldwide in a series of two blog posts available on our website. Follow Green Dealflow and read the insights you need to be part of the change.
Top 3 Solar Parks
A solar park can be defined as a group of co-located solar power plants, with different projects set in one area, having different ownerships and partnerships developing. Here the Top 3 solar parks per MW.
Bhadla Solar Park, India
The Bhadla solar park is the top one solar park in the world, located in the Jodhpur district, Rajasthan. Covering an area of 5,700 hectares, the solar park obtains the gold medal due to its capacity of 2245MW.
The commissioning of this park began in 2017 with multiple entities participating. Among those, NTPC, the largest utility company of India, a subsidiary of Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited (RRECL), Rajasthan Solar Park Development Company Limited; a joint venture company of the government of Rajasthan and IL&FS Energy Development Company Saurya Urja Company of Rajasthan and lastly, Adani Renewable Energy Park Rajasthan, another joint venture with the government of Rajasthan. The stakeholders announced the installment of around 115 MW in the park, which reached a total of 1365 MW by the end of September 2018.
A subsequent investment of 100 billion dollars allowed for the commissioning of around 2245MW after its operationalization. The development of the capacity has undertaken four phases of auctions: the first one for a total of 420MW was auctioned by the utility company; the second step comprehended 250MW, the third phase for 100 MW. The final phase occurred in the end of December 2018.
Pavagada Solar Park
The second largest operational solar park in the world can also be found in India: the Pavagada solar park is settled in the Tumkur district of Karnataka, covers an area of approximately 53 km2. The capacity of the park amounts for a total of 2050 MW, for this reason the Pavagada Solar park constitutes the second largest solar park.
The project is the child of joint venture between Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and Karnataka Renewable Energy Development (KREDL). The project kicked off in October 2016, but the project had officially launched during 2018: by April 2019, this solar power plant had a commissioned capacity of 1,400 MW. The final phase amount of 200 MW developed, completed in December 2019. The solar park powers more than 5 villages adjacent to the area. Moreover, the project had been built on a lease land obtained from farmers: in this way a total of 2.300 farmers will generate a revenue of ₹21,000/acre/year, plus 5% increment every two years.
Golmud Desert Solar Park, China
The Golmud desert solar park is located in the Golmud desert, Qinghai Province of China. The solar park is composed of 55 solar power plants, for a overall total capacity of more than 1800MW. The peculiarity of the park relies on the presence of the Huanghe Hydropower’s 200 MW solar project, commissioned in 2011 as the largest individual solar plant worldwide. The surrounding area is estimated to be able to host around 4-5 GW of capacity.
Top 3 Solar Projects
A solar plant can be defined as an individual generating station, belonging to one entity; here the list of the Top 3 solar installations.
Sweihan Independent Power Project
The Sweihan Independent Power Project in Abu Dhabi (UAE) is the largest power plant commissioned. It´s capacity reaches up to 1,177MW spread over 780 ha of land, 120 km away from the city of Abu Dhabi. The contractor is a consortium of Marubeni Corporation (20%) together with Jinko Solar Holding Co. who submitted a bid at a very low tariff, 2,94 $ per kWh to Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (ADWEA) in September 2016.
The three companies established a joint venture for developing the solar project, building, owning and operating it. ADWEA owns 60& of the stakes in the Joint venture, while Marubeni and Jinko Solar share equally the remaining 40%. The construction work began in 2017, for an investment of 870 Million §: the power plant generates enough electricity to power 195,000 homes and it is expected to offset at least 7 m tons of CO2 per year.
Yanchi Photovoltaic Power Plant Project, Yanchi Ningxia
The Yanchi Solar Park is the largest operating plant in China, in the southern area of Ninxia´s Yanchi district, the capacity of this plant amounts to 820 MW, which had been produced since 2016, when it became operational. The plant operates through smart pv controller with wireless transmission systems, which allow operations in the plant through a cloud center, for its lifetime of 25 years. It is estimated to be the biggest continuous solar PV array, which means that PV modules are interconnected and function as a single electricity producing unit.
Datong Solar Power Top Runner Base
Spanning an area of 100 ha, the panda shaped solar plant has a capacity of 1,070 MW. Operational since 2016, the power plant has announced an extra development of 600 MW and aims at replacing burning 1 m tons of coal in the next 25 years. Located in China’s northern Shanxi province, the panda power plant is the first plant to be built under a scheme agreed by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Panda Green Energy’s major shareholder, China Merchants New Energy, it will be able to produce 3.2 billion kilowatt-hours of solar energy in 25 years and reduce CO 2 emissions by 2.74 million tons.
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