5 of the World’s Biggest Solar Energy Plants

By Hailey Robinson, Tech.co

In March 2015, the United Nations Energy Programme (UNEP) released a report on the state of renewable energy. The findings were encouraging for supporters of alternative energy; in 2014, renewables generated over 9 percent of the word’s energy, up nearly a percentage point from 2013. Investors are taking notice of the success of new renewable plants, with investment up 17 percent in 2014 to nearly $270 billion. Solar is becoming the most desirable option for securing power in developing countries. Advances in technology caused solar energy costs to drop nearly 75 percent between 2009 and 2014, making it very attractive for governments looking for reliable and inexpensive ways to drive development.

For those interested in who is producing the most solar energy world-wide, here are the largest solar energy plants either under construction or currently operational (see article for full list).

  • Ivanpah: The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is a sprawling facility located in California’s Mojave Desert. Ivanpah went live in February 2014, and with its 392 megawatt capacity, it is currently the world’s largest solar electricity facility. Covering a vast 4,000 acres near the California-Nevada border, the system uses nearly 175,000 dual-mirror heliostats that focus solar energy to three central solar power towers. As of November 2014, the plant was only generating about half of its expected capacity, however.
  • Solar Energy Generating Systems (SEGS): The second-largest operational system in the world is also in the Mojave Desert; Solar Energy Generating Systems (SEGS) have a capacity of 354 megawatts. The SEGS power plants were commissioned in 1984 and completed in 1991. They are located in Daggett, Kramer Junction, and Harper Lake, California.

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