Timeline of the largest PV power stations

In this subcategory, we have compiled a timeline of the most essential milestones in the history of solar photovoltaic systems. The list includes the largest PV stations and parks throughout the world. They range from the very first large-scale PV plant with a capacity of only 1MW to the huge GW-scale solar PV farms.

Year Name of PV power station Country Developer Capacity MW Location Remarks
1982 Lugo USA Arco Solar 1 map First MW plant
1985 Carrisa Plain USA Arco Solar 5.6  map World's largest at the time
2005 Bavaria Solarpark (Mühlhausen) Germany SunPower 6.3 map The Bavaria Solarpark is a group of three photovoltaic power stations in different locations in Germany.
2006 Erlasee Solar Park Germany Solon SE 11.4 map  The plant cost €70 million and covers an area of 77 hectares (190 acres).
2008 Olmedilla Photovoltaic Park Spain Nobesol 60 map  The plant employs more than 270,000 conventional solar panels.
2010 Sarnia Photovoltaic Power Plant Canada First Solar, Inc. 97 map It is Canada's largest photovoltaic plant with an installed capacity of 97 MWP
2011 Huanghe Hydropower Golmud Solar Park China Longyuan Power 200  map The project won the 2012 China Quality Power Project Award.
2012 Agua Caliente Solar Project USA First Solar, Inc. 290  map 290MWAC project was completed in April 2014
2014 Topaz Solar Farm USA  First Solar, Inc. 550 map  550 MWAC photovoltaic power station in San Luis Obispo County, California.
2015 Longyangxia Dam Solar Park China State Power Investment Cooperation 850 map 320 MW Phase I Completed in December 2013, 530 MW phase II in 2015
2016 Tengger Desert Solar Park China China National Grid and Zhongwei Power Supply Co. 1547  map It is located in Zhongwei, Ningxia, China. It currently covers a larger area 43 km2.
2019 Pavagada Solar Park India Karnataka Solar Power Development Corporation Limited, a joint venture between Solar Energy Corporation of India and Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited 2050 map Spread over a total area of 13,000 acres (53 km2) in Pavagada taluk


Timeline of the largest PV plants, solar farms, PV parks. 


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