What’s the biggest solar array you’ve ever seen?
A typical home solar panel produces around 300 watts of energy. This means that a small array on your roof is more than enough to provide power to your house, and even produce a bit extra that can be transferred back into the grid. If it takes thirty panels to power your house, how many do you think it would take to power your neighborhood? What about your whole town? A city? A country?
In Dubai, a record breaking solar park is under construction. The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar array is one of the largest in the world. It could power as many as 1.3 million homes by the time it’s finished! This would reduce carbon emissions by 6.5 million tons annually.
Although it is still under construction, the park already contains more than 2.3 million solar panels. That’s enough to produce more than 200 megawatts of energy! The builders are on track to increase production by another 800 megawatts by the end of 2020. Right now, plans are for the plant to produce 5,000 megawatts of energy per year by the time it’s finished in 2030. That will make the Al Maktoum plant the largest in the world!
Currently, the world’s largest solar power plant is in China. The Tennger Desert Solar Park is located in Ningxia, a province in the central region of the country. The solar plant covers an area of more 16 square miles! It has a peak output of 1,547 megawatts. That’s huge!
A close second behind the Tennger plant in China is the Bhadla Solar Park in Rajasthan, India. With a peak output of 1,515 megawatts, it’s a clear contender for the title of largest solar power plant in the world. India is making big waves in the worldwide solar industry, with 15 different planned solar projects over 500 megawatts as part of the country’s Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects plan.
Here in the United States, we have a few exceptional solar power parks of our own. Solar Star is one such plant: when it was finished in 2015, it was the largest solar power plant in the world! It has 1.7 million panels, giving it a peak output of 579 megawatts. The plant is located on 3,200 acres in Rosamund, California.
We’re excited to see a future with solar power. With some of the world’s biggest countries dedicating lots of resources to renewable energy, we think the future of solar is looking pretty bright!
What do you think about these large solar parks? Let us know in the comments below!