The largest solar farms in the world. Here is a list that will surprise you

When it comes to P. renewable energy sources, the review of investments in this type of energy must imperatively begin with China. The Middle Kingdom is mainly associated with the largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world, although it should be remembered that carbon dioxide emissions per Chinese are still much lower (7.4 tonnes) than those per capita of the United States (14.24 t) or .. Polish (7.92 t).

But China it is also the world’s largest investor in renewable energy sources. According to the United Nations Environment Program report “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2019”, the country has been the largest investor in renewable energy over the past decade, spending nearly $760 billion between 2010 and 2019, more than double the $356 billion invested. in renewable energies at the same time by the USA.

It is in this country that there are five of the ten largest solar farms in the world.

The largest of these – and the second largest in the world – is the farm Longyangxia Dam Solar Park with a capacity of 2400 MW. The first phase of its construction was completed in 2013, and the next in 2015. Later, other facilities were added. There, the solar power plant is integrated with the hydroelectric power plant. The park is connected to one of the hydroelectric turbines which automatically regulates the power to balance the variable solar energy production before sending it to the grid.

The third most powerful solar power plant in the world and the second in the Middle Kingdom is Hainan Solar Park of Huanghe Hydropower with a capacity of 2,200 MW, located in Golmud, Qinghai province, China, and covering an area of ​​5,640 ha. Its construction began in August 2009, and the first capacities were commissioned on October 29, 2011.

The most powerful solar plant in the world, however, is located in another country, which is also one of the largest emitters and investors of RES at the same time – India, which this year has already invested 15 billion dollars in renewable energies. We are talking about Bhadla Solar Parkwith a total capacity of 2700 MW. The facility covers 5700 ha and is located in Bhadla, Rajasthan.

India also has the fourth largest solar power plant in the world Pavagada Solar Park with a capacity of 2050 MW. It is located at Pavagada taluk in the state of Karnataka and covers an area of ​​5300 ha. The total project cost of this plant was $2.1 billion.

The Egyptian photovoltaic farm is also included in the list of the five most powerful solar power plants Benban solar park with a capacity of 1650 MW. It is located about 650 km south of Cairo and covers an area of ​​3720 ha.

At the end of February 2022, the installed photovoltaic capacity in Poland was 8,768.1 MW. This is more than double than in February last year, when 4244.03 MW was recorded. The largest photovoltaic farm in Poland is the Brudzewo farm, built in 180 days on the site of a former lignite open pit mine by a consortium of companies eSoleo and PAK service. It consists of 155 thousand. modules with a total capacity of 70 MW, intended for the production of green hydrogen. However, this is only the beginning of this investment, as it is already being expanded, and the ambitious goal is to reach up to 1000 MW of power.

In Silesia, on the other hand, an investment is currently underway, which will result in the construction of a solar power plant with a capacity of 100W. It is carried out, among other things, thanks to the funds obtained from National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFOŚiGW). The power plant is to be located on a recovered combustion waste landfill in Mysłowice. The facility will be built in two stages – in the first stage 37 MW will be put into operation, the second will include the construction of a facility with a capacity of about 60 MW.

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