Moura Photovoltaic Power Station

The Moura Photovoltaic Power Station (Amareleja Photovoltaic Power Station) is a large photovoltaic power station in Amareleja, in the municipality of Moura, Portugal. It is one of the largest power stations of its kind, and is built in one of the sunniest regions in Europe, also one of the most economically depressed region. Its construction involves two stages, the first stage was completed in 2008 after 13 months, the second stage will be completed by 2010. The entire project topped a total cost of €250 million.

Phase-2 of the project involves the construction of a further 20 MW of solar panels. It will occupy an area of 618 acres (250 ha), and will be capable of producing 93 GWh of electrical energy annually (10 MW average - equivalent to the electricity consumption of 15,000 Europeans).

The power station will have an installed capacity of 62 MWp, with a total of over 376,000 solar panels. Approximately 190,000 panels (32 MW) are fitted on fixed structures, and 52,000 panels (10 MW) on fixed on single-axis trackers.

A €7.6 million solar panel factory, located in Moura, was constructed by Acciona, which will provide panels for the second stage of the station construction. Its future production will be targeted at the international market, with a capacity of producing 24 MW of solar panels annually.

Moura Photovoltaic Power Station
Country Portugal
Coordinates 38°11′20″N 07°12′08″W / 38.18889°N 7.20222°W / 38.18889; -7.20222Coordinates: 38°11′20″N 07°12′08″W / 38.18889°N 7.20222°W / 38.18889; -7.20222
Status Operational
Commission date Phase-1: 2008
Phase-2: 2010
Location Amareleja
Fuel type Solar
Technology Photovoltaics
Power generation information
Installed capacity Phase-1: 42 MW
Phase-2: 20 MW

Puertollano Photovoltaic Park

The Puertollano Photovoltaic Park is the fourth largest photovoltaic power station in the world, with a nominal capacity of 47.6 MW. The facility is located in Puertollano, Spain. 476 individual plants with a nominal power of 100 kWp, Suntech and Solaria modules. Fixed structure oriented at 33° south with a total of 231,653 panels.

Renovalia developed this power station in Puertollano, Ciudad Real, housing an energy park with an installed capacity of 50 megawatts (MW). The power generated here is equivalent to the annual domestic consumption of electricity of about 39,000 households. The energy produced here will replace a theoretical discharge of 84,000 tons of CO2/year or, 2.1 million tons of CO2 over the 25 years during it’s production.

Puertollano Photovoltaic Park
Status Operational
Commission date 2008
Owner(s) Renovalia
Location Finca El Quintillo, en el Polígono 16

Puertollano, Ciudad Real, Spain

Technology Photovoltaic
Power generation information
Installed capacity 47.6 MW

Lieberose Photovoltaic Energy Park

The Lieberose Photovoltaic Energy Park is a 53 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic power plant in Lieberose, Brandenburg, Germany. The solar park with 700,000 solar panels which went fully on line in October 2009, is the world's third-largest, and will supply electricity for 15,000 households a year while reducing the use of pollution-generating fossil fuels. The Lieberose Solar Park cost $238-million and is operated by the Juwi Group, which has a 20-year contract on the land.

Lieberose Solar Power Plant: an ecological and economic lighthouse project for the protection of climate and nature

The photovoltaic power plant on the former exercise terrain for troops, Lieberose, to the north of Cottbus (Brandenburg) is the largest solar power plant in Germany since 20 August 2009. With the joint assembly of the 560 000 solar modules the Federal Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee, commissioned by the Federal Government for the new Federal states, as well as the Minister-President of Brandenburg Matthias Platzeck made this plant to be the largest photovoltaic park in Germany. In Turnow-Preilack, the juwi Group – project developers for regenerative power plants – together with First Solar – manufacturers of advanced thin-layer modules – are currently realising a photovoltaic power plant with an output of 53 MW on an area of 162 ha that is to be fully connected to the grid by the end of this year. Solarserver hereby presents the second largest photovoltaic plant worldwide and Germany’s No. 1 as Solar System of the Month October 2009.

Strasskirchen Solar Park

The Strasskirchen Solar Park is the second largest photovoltaic power station in the world, with an installed capacity of 54 MW. The facility is located in Straßkirchen, Germany.

Solar cells manufacturer Q-Cells SE (XETRA:QCE) declared on Friday that it has established a joint venture with MEMC Electronic Materials Inc (NYSE:WFR) to build large solar parks in which each partner will have a 50% share.

The first project will be a facility in Strasskirchen, Bavaria and Q-Cells International, a 100%-owned subsidiary of Q-Cells SE, has been commissioned to construct the facility.

German-based Q-Cells SE and MEMC, a US manufacturer of silicon wafers, have agreed to each invest up to around EUR72m in the joint venture in order to cover the bridging finance during the construction phase.

MEMC will supply silicon wafers for the joint venture and Q-Cells will turn them into solar cells.

The Strasskirchen solar park will have a total capacity of around 54 MW and will be the largest ground-mounted PV system in Germany to be operated using crystalline solar cell technology, the companies claim. After completion the project is planned to be sold to an external investor.

Strasskirchen Solar Park
Location Straßkirchen, Germany
Status Operational
Technology Photovoltaic
Installed capacity 54 MW
Annual generation 57 GWh
Commissioned 2009

Olmedilla Photovoltaic Park

The Olmedilla Photovoltaic Park in Olmedilla de Alarcón, Spain, is the world’s largest photovoltaic plant. The Olmedilla Photovoltaic (PV) Park uses 162,000 flat solar photovoltaic panels to deliver 60 megawatts of electricity on a sunny day. It produces enough electricity to power more than 40,000 homes. The entire plant was completed in 15 months at a cost of about $530 million at current exchange rates. Olmedilla was built with conventional solar panels, which are made with silicon and tend to be heavy and expensive. So-called "thin-film" solar panels, although less efficient per square meter, tend to be much cheaper to produce, and they are the technology being tapped to realize the world's largest proposed PV plant, the Rancho Cielo Solar Farm in Belen, N. Mex., which is expected to cost $840 million, cover an area of 700 acres (285 hectares), and produce 600 megawatts of power.