April 2009: The Largest Solar Farms of the World!

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Solar Farms are large vicinities of components used to produce energy from the sun. These projects do not emit any carbon gases and they don't pollute the environment. That's why they are considered to produce green energy.

Generally, when we speak of a solar farm, we refer to large scale photovoltaic plants. Well, they are huge areas of photovoltaic (PV) panels used to transform solar energy to electricity. In most projects, we use latest technology intelligent systems, to track the sun throughout the day, and harvest the most sunlight possible.

They are built at places known for relentless sunshine during the most days of the year, and they are usually next to towns.

Currently, (2009) the largest one is located in Spain, but it is relatively small if compared with the planning parks. Have a look at the tables below:

PV Plant

Largest PV Parks in 2009:
Photovoltaic Power Plant Country Peak Power (MW) Date Completed
Olmedilla Photovoltaic Park Spain 60 Sep 2008
Puertollano Photovoltaic Park Spain 50 2008
Moura photovoltaic power station Portugal 46 Dec 2008
Waldpolenz Solar Park Germany 40 Dec 2008
Arnedo Solar Plant Spain 34 Oct 2008
Merida/Don Alvaro Spain 30 Sep 2008

PV Plant

Large PV Plants planning or under construction:
Photovoltaic Power Plant Country Peak Power (MW) Date to be Completed
Rancho Cielo Solar Farm USA 600 Planning
Topaz Solar Farm USA 550 Planning
High Plains Ranch USA 250 Planning
Mildura Solar concentrator power station Australia 154 Planning
KCRD USA 80 2012
DeSoto County Florida USA 25 2009

* The information of the tables was retrieved from wikipedia solar farms article.

Projects like these pioneer in the clean energy production and they seem to be the solution for our planets saviour. Fortunately, governments tend to like alternative energy sources more and more during last years.

The important thing in Europe is that EU has set goals for each member country for the upcoming years. Of course these goals include residential solar energy production as well.

EU Goals (Top Countries):
CountryAlternative Energy Production
Current by 2020
Sweden 39.8% 39.8%
Latvia 34.9% 42%
Finland 28.5% 38%
Austria 23.3% 34%
Portugal 20.5% 31%

EU Goals (Bottom Countries):
CountryAlternative Energy Production
Current by 2020
Ireland 3.1% 16%
Cyprus 2.9% 13%
Netherlands 2.4% 14%
Belgium 2.2% 13%
UK 1.3% 15%

P.S. This page was uploaded in 2009. Have in mind that as time goes by, new projects are being implemented and thus, the data above might change significantly.
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