Whenever we think of renewable energy, the first thing that comes to our mind is solar panel installations. As one of the fastest growing energy sources, many countries have set up solar farms and plants, some of which are in gargantuan proportions. Here are the top 7 largest solar farms in the world.
Noor Complex Power Plant, Morocco
Located in the middle of the Sahara Desert, Noor complex power plant is the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant (CSP). The plant features a huge supply of around 600 MegaWatts of electricity, which helps power up to 1 million homes in Morocco using clean, green energy. This solar marvel near the city of Ouarzazate is one of the forerunners of renewable energy production a large scale in Africa.
Topaz Solar Farm and Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, US
This solar farm, located near San Jose, California, is one of the largest solar farms not only in the United States but the world. Consisting of over 9 million solar panels manufactured by First Solar, the solar farm is able to power around 180,000 homes with renewable energy, which equals to preventing carbon dioxide emissions from over 77,000 cars.
Bhadla Solar Park, India
For a country that has one of the most polluted cities in the world, this is a huge step in the right direction. Bhadla Solar Park isn’t just one of the largest solar farms in the world, in fact is the biggest one in terms of scale. Spanning over 40 square kilometers, this huge renewable power plant has the capacity to produce over 2000 MW! In an arid area surrounded completely by the desert of the Jodhpur district, the plant has been set up strategically to produce maximum output at a minimal cost.
Kamuthi Solar Power Station, India
Another one of the huge steps taken by India to convert to a renewable energy lifestyle is the Kamuthi solar power station is the largest solar power plant in south India. Located near the coast of Madurai in the district of Tamil Nadu, the Kamuthi solar power station is able to generate a whopping 648 MW of energy from the 2500 acres of solar panels. The power station, however, has been open to controversy in recent years due to an alleged water usage violation in the district.
Tengger Desert Solar Park, China
Of course, China had to be on the list! The Tengger Desert Solar Park is the second largest solar farm by size, covering an area of around 40 square kilometers, and producing over 1000 MW of energy for its consumers through the large scale of photovoltaic panels being deployed in the area. The solar farm is located in the heart of the Tengger Desert near the China-Mongolia border.
Yanchi Solar Park, China
Located in Ningxia, China, this solar park is able to run at a full capacity of 1000MW. The plant was established in 2016 and is known to have the largest continuous solar panel array in the world. Also being one of the smartest solar power plants on this list in terms of technology, the facility uses a complex fiber ring network and a smart solar panel wireless transmission system introduced by Huawei Technologies, making it one of the most efficient solar plants in the world.
Enel Villanueva PV Plant, Mexico
The last solar power plant on our list is located in the arid climate of Mexico, the Enel Villanueva solar power plant hosts around 2.5 million solar panels spanning 2700 hectares of land. The solar farm is able to produce a total of 828 MW, which makes it the largest solar plant in North and South America as well as one of the largest solar farms in the world.