World's largest solar PV power plants worldwide 2019

Many of the largest solar power facilities in the world are located in India and China. For example, the Tengger solar park in China is located in Zhongwei, Ningxia, covering 1,200 kilometers of the Tengger desert and has an output of 1,547 megawatts of power. In India, Bhadla solar farm, located in the Rajasthan Jodhpur district is set to be in operation in December 2019. It is expected to be able to produce 2,255 megawatts of electricity and is spread across 45 square kilometers. In this case, the term solar plant refers to individual projects developed by a single developer or consortium, whether or not it is spread over different sites or is under various phases of development. Solar parks are multiple plants in one area under one entity. Nowadays, the largest solar parks have more than 50 individual solar power plants. This concept was first developed in India and China when suitable locations were found that could host several plants.

Solar market in Asia

China and India are both among the top five countries in the world in terms of cumulative solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity. In general, Asia dominated the global solar market with 70 gigawatts of solar PV capacity added in 2018 – more than the rest of the world combined. Most notably, the potential for solar energy is very high in many Southeast Asian countries, but the market remains largely untapped. This is mostly due to a lack of energy policy encouraging solar and no optimal financing models or infrastructure.

Largest solar photovoltaic power plants worldwide as of June 2019, by capacity

Capacity in megawatts
Golmud Desert Solar Park
(China)*
4,500
Bhadla Industrial Solar Park
(India)*
2,200
Haixi Delingha Solar Park
(China)*
2,000
Pavagada Solar Park
(India)*
2,000
Jinchuan, Gansu
(China)*
1,000
Tengger Solar Park
(China)*
1,547
Anatapur Ultra Mega Solar Park
(India)*
1,500
Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Park
(India)
750
Benban Solar Park
(Egypt)*
1,400
Shichengzi PV Industrial Park
(China)*
1,000
Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park
(Pakistan)*
1,000
Charanka Solar Park
(India)*
800
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park
(UAE)*
5,000
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Source

Release date

June 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

as of June 2019

Supplementary notes

Both operational and planned capacities are noted.

* Golmud Desert Solar Park - the final capacity is not known but the area should be sufficient for 4 to 5 gigawatts.
Bhadla Industrial Solar Park - will be able to produce 2.2 gigawatts when the project is completed. It is expected to be operational by December 2019.
Haixi Delingha Solar Park - has enough site area for an eventual capacity of at least 2 gigawatts.
Pavagada Solar Park - is planned to have a capacity of 2 gigawatts.
Jinchuan, Gansu - no final capacity was given. The province has many plants with a plant of just under 1,000 megawatts in the northwest and a cluster have projects in the south.
Tengger Desert Solar Park - area should accommodate up to 1.5 gigawatts.
Anantapur Ultra Mega Solar Park - also known as NP Kunta, has a scheduled capacity of 1.5 gigawatts.
Benban Solar Park - scheduled for an eventual capacity of 1.4 gigawatts.
Qili Photoelectricity Park - currently 650 megawatts operational with 100 megawatts under construction. If sufficient grid capacity provided, can extend to at least 5 gigawatts.
Shichengzi PV Industrial Park - hosting 600 megawatts, with potential expansion to at least 1 gigawatt.
Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park - planned for eventual 1 gigawatt.
Charanka Solar Park - scheduled to reach a 0.8 gigawatt capacity.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park - 230 megawatts currently operational, but scheduled to reach a total capacity of 5 gigawatts.

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