Europe is leading the way in renewable energy and solar power. The following list is a roundup of the top 5 solar power farms in the world, all of which are based in Europe.
The Arnedo Solar Plant is a solar power plant in Arnedo, La Rioja, Spain. The solar plant is operated by T-Solar, who also installed the power systems. It was built in 2008 by Isolux Corsan and cost €181 million. The plant has a capacity of 34 MW which is provided by 172,000 modules at 200 w each. The plant is on 173 acres of space and produces 49,936,510 kWh annually, which is equivalent to the power consumption of 11,451 households.
The Waldpolenz Solar Park is a 52-megawatt photovoltaic power station built by Juwi, a German developer and operator, at a former military air base near Leipzig, Eastern Germany. On its completion in 2008, it was the world’s largest thin-film solar park using CdTe-modules. The park started with 500,000 solar panels which were provided by First Solar, and generated 40,000 MWh of electricity a year. The solar park was then extended with another 153,650 panels in 2011.
Moura Photovoltaic Power Station is a large power station in Amareleja. It is one of the largest power stations of its kind, and is built in one of the sunniest regions in Europe. The project cost around €250 million. The power station has an installed capacity of 62 MWp, and more than 376,000 solar panels.
The Puertollano Photovoltaic Park is located in Puertollano, Spain and is the fourth largest photovoltaic power station in the world, with a nominal capacity of 47.6 MW. The park was commissioned in 2008 and is owned by Renovalia.
The Olmedilla Photovoltaic Park is a 60-megawatt photovoltaic power plant, located in Olmedilla de Alarcon, Spain. On its completion in 2008, it was the world’s largest power plant using photovoltaic technology. Olmedilla generates about 87,500 megawatt-hours per year, enough to power 40,000 homes.