Pocking Solar Park

The Pocking Solar Park is a 10 megawatt (MWp) photovoltaic solar power plant. Construction and assembly of the power plant started in August 2005 and was completed in March 2006. On the former military training area in the Lower-Bavarian town of Pocking, sheep are now grazing under and around the 57,912 photovoltaic modules.

Kunming Shilin Solar Power Plant

Kunming Shilin Solar Power plant is the largest photovoltaic power plant in China. The plant located about 70 kilometers southeast of Kunming.

The Kunming Shilin Solar Power plant project will cost RMB 9.1 billion (yuan) and will be built in the town of Shilin in Kunming Shilin Yi Autonomous County. It will be divided into a popular science zone and experimental demonstration zone generating 77 million kilowatt hours and 118 kilowatt hours a year each. Shilin-based solar energy photovoltaic power station will have a capacity of 166MW and will be China's largest one upon completion. The solar power plant, which will be entirely completed in 2015, is designed to generate 195 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, reducing 175,000 tons of carbon dioxide emission.

Beneixama photovoltaic power plant

Beneixama photovoltaic power plant is a 20 MW photovoltaic power plant located in Beneixama, Spain. The plant consists of approximately 100,000 solar panels, encompassing an area of approximately 500,000 m2. The panels are City Solar PQ 200 modules made of polycrystalline silicon solar cells. In addition, 200 units of Siemens photovoltaic inverters "Sinvert Solar 100 Master" were installed.

The Beneixama photovoltaic power plant was built by City Solar, and completed in September, 2007.

Calasparra Photovoltaic Power Plant

Calasparra Photovoltaic Power Plant (Planta solar fotovoltaico Calasparra) is a photovoltaic power station in Calasparra, Murcia in Spain. The project consists of different production units. Calasparra II is a 6.67 MW ground-mounted unit with estimated annual output of 11.82 GWh. Calasparra III is a 6.6 MW units with estimated annual output of 11.7 GWh. The project was developed by FRV and constructed by Gestamp Solar.


Seoul Solar Power Plant

Seoul will launch a Seoul Solar Power Plant construction project to build the largest solar power plant in the metropolitan area.

The Seoul Solar Power Plant, scheduled for completion in November, is expected to be able to produce some 43-hundred kilowatts of power on a daily basis, which translates into some one-point-six million kilowatts annually.

Once the plant begins operations, the nation is expected to see a reduction of some 989 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

Before 2020, the Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to be capable of supporting some 100-thousand households with power from fuel cells and hot water through the use of solar energy.

Rothenburg photovoltaic solar park

The Rothenburg Solar Park is a photovoltaic power plant in Rothenburg, Oberlausitz in Germany. It has a capacity of 20 MWp. The solar park is equipped with 273,240 First Solar modules, and 11 Siemens central inverters. The project was commissioned in 2009.

Gehrlicher Solar AG officially inaugurated the solar park at Rothenburg Airport this week-end in the presence of Heike Böhm, Mayor of Rothenburg and Bernd Lange, District Administrator of Görlitz.

The Rothenburg photovoltaic solar park consists of three partial areas with a total of about 70 hectares. That amounts to about the size of almost 100 soccer fields. 273,240 thin-film modules from First Solar, turn sunlight into energy, which is then transformed from AC to DC current by eleven Siemens central inverters and fed into the power grid.

A total of about ten million single parts and approximately 600 kilometers of cable were used in the construction. The Rothenburg photovoltaic solar park has an output of 20.5 MWp.

After the ceremony, and within the framework of an open house event, the citizens of the region had the opportunity to visit the Rothenburg photovoltaic solar park. This solar power plant has a peak output of 20.5 megawatts and is one of the largest of its kind in Saxony.

Gehrlicher, a company specialized in projecting photovoltaic roof-mounted and free-field installations up to a megawatt range, constructed this solar power plant on the site of a former military airport near Rothenburg/Oberlausitz. This installation is exemplary because it was constructed on a fallow area, which was orginally used for military purposes.

District Admnistrator Bernd Lange highlighted in his speech the importance of solar energy for the municipal district of Görlitz. "In view of the increasing consume of energy and rising energy prices, in addition to fossile energy sources, we should also give alternative energy sources a chance. Thanks to the good solar radiation we have in the municipal district of Görlitz, we are able to use photovoltaics sensibly as part of the energy mix.

The solar power plant at Rothenburg Airport, with its 20.5 MWp, is one of the largest Gehrlicher has constructed until now.

Stadtwerke München (the public utilities of the city of Munich) have a 40% participation in the solar park as part of their "Renewable Energies Expansion Offensive". Gehrlicher Solar holds 34.6 percent of the shares, a private investor holds a further 25.4 percent.

Solana Solar Power Plant

The Solana Solar Power Plant planned to begin operation in 2013, to be located near Gila Bend, Arizona, about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Phoenix. It will be built and operated by the Spanish company Abengoa Solar, and will have a total capacity of 280 megawatts (MW), which is enough to power 70,000 homes while avoiding around 475,000 tons of carbon dioxide. Its name is the Spanish term for "sunny spot".

Arizona Public Service (APS) has contracted to purchase 100% of the power output generated from Solana Solar Power Plant, to meet the Arizona Corporation Commission's (ACC) mandate that the state's regulated utilities provide 15% of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025. APS will pay about 14 ¢/kW·h. The Solana Solar Power Plant, originally planned to open in 2011, will cost an estimated $2 billion. On July 3, 2010, US President Barack Obama announced that the US Department of Energy had conditionally committed to offering a $1.45 billion loan guarantee to support construction of the plant.

The Solana Solar Power Plant will employ a proprietary concentrating solar power (CSP) trough technology developed by Abengoa, and will cover an area of 1,900 acres (770 ha). Construction is expected to create about 1,500 construction jobs; once completed, the plant will employ 85 full-time workers. Solar thermal plants use substantially more water for cooling than other thermal generating technologies. Nevertheless, the Sierra Club supports the Solana plant, because it will be built on private land, and use "75 to 85 percent less water than the current agricultural use."

Serpa solar power plant

Construction of the 11 megawatt Serpa solar power plant began in June 2006 and was completed as planned in January 2007, at the cost of 58 million euro. The Serpa solar power plant facility, located in Serpa, in Portugal's Alentejo agricultural region, 200 kilometers (124 miles) southeast of Lisbon. The plant uses SunPower subsidiary PowerLight's PowerTracker system to follow the sun's daily path across the sky and generate more electricity than conventional fixed-mounted systems. The plant provides enough electricity to supply approximately 8,000 homes.

The Serpa solar power plant was developed by the Portuguese company Catavento and it incorporates photovoltaic modules from SunPower, Sanyo, Sharp and Suntech. General Electric Financial Services provided the financing for the project as part of its Ecomagination program.

Generating electricity from the sun with no fuel costs or emissions, the Serpa solar power plant is on a 60-hectare (150-acre) hillside and is a model of clean power generation integrated with agriculture. The project supports a European Union initiative by saving more than 30,000 tons a year in greenhouse gas emissions compared to equivalent fossil fuel generation. The EU agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 percent by 2020, from 1990 levels.

Portugal relies heavily on imported fossil fuels, and its carbon dioxide emissions have increased 34 percent since 1990, which is among the fastest rates in the world. To address this, the country is implementing some of the world's most advanced incentives for installing renewable energy. The Serpa solar power plant project relies on a preferential tariff mandated by the Portuguese government.

Solar power enjoys widespread support in Portugal, with the backing of 77 percent of the population, according to a European Commission study published in January 2007.

Nellis Solar Power Plant

The Nellis Solar Power Plant is located within Nellis Air Force Base in Clark County, Nevada, on the northeast side of Las Vegas. The Nellis solar energy system will generate in excess of 25 million kilowatt-hours (kW·h) of electricity annually and supply more than 25 percent of the power used at the base. The system was inaugurated in a ceremony on December 17, 2007, with Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons activating full operation of the 14 megawatt (MW) array.[2][3]

The Nellis Solar Power Plant coccupying 140 acres (57 ha) of land leased from the Air Force at the western edge of the base, this ground-mounted solar system employs an advanced sun tracking system, designed and deployed by SunPower. The system contains approximately 70,000 solar panels, and the peak power generation capacity of the plant is approximately 13 MW AC. This means the ratio of average to peak output, or capacity factor, of this plant is around 22%.

The Nellis Solar Power Plant energy generated will support more than 12,000 military and civilians at Nellis who are responsible for Air Force advanced combat training, tactics development and operational testing. Construction began on April 23, 2007, and operation of the first 5 MW began on October 12, 2007.

Renewable portfolio standard

In 1997 Nevada passed a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) as part of their 1997 Electric Restructuring Legislation (AB 366) It required any electric providers in the state to acquire actual renewable electric generation or purchase renewable energy credits so that each utility had 1 percent of total consumption in renewables. However, on June 8, 2001, Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn signed SB 372, at the time the country's most aggressive renewable portfolio standard. The law requires that 15 percent of all electricity generated in Nevada be derived from new renewables by the year 2013.

The 2001 revision to the RPS keeps in place Nevada's commitment to expand solar energy resources by requiring that at least 5 percent of the renewable energy projects must generate electricity from solar energy.

In June 2005, the Nevada legislature passed a bill during a special legislative session that modified the Nevada RPS (Assembly Bill 03). The bill extends the deadline and raised the requirements of the RPS to 20 percent of sales by 2015

Expansion of Nellis Solar Power Plant

An extension of the plant, which could generate another 18 megawatts of power, has been proposed. The Air Force has not yet decided whether to have the extension built, and its potential cost and size have not been determined, but the military sees considerable operational advantages in solar power.

Nellis Solar Power Plant
Country United States
Locale Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
Coordinates 36°15′30″N 115°03′10″W / 36.25833°N 115.05278°W / 36.25833; -115.05278 / 36.25833; -115.05278
Commission date December 17, 2007
Owner(s) Nellis Air Force Base

Solar farm information
Type Flat-panel PV
Photovoltaic modules 70,000
Land area 140 acres (0.6 km2)

Power generation information
Installed capacity 14 MW

El Coronil Solar Power Plant

The El Coronil Solar Power Plant (Parque Solar El Coronil) is a photovoltaic power station in El Coronil, Spain. The project includes different generating units. El Coronil I is a 10.08 MWp project that is equipped with 386 2X trackers, and 51,794 Yingli polycrystalline photovoltaic modules, and 24 Siemens inverters of 400 kW. The annual production capacity is 20 GWh. El Coronil II has a capacity of 10.2 MWp and it is equipped with 53,206 Yingli polycrystalline photovoltaic modules, and 24 inverters of 400 kW.