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19 October

Closer Look of World’s Largest Solar PV Project, Agua Caliente Solar Project, & Call For Consistent Standard !


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As I’ve promised you, let’s take a look at the largest solar PV project, Agua Caliente Solar Project, currently under construction in Yuma County, AZ, having achieved a peak generating capacity of 250 MW connected to the electrical grid and will have a generating capacity of 397 MW (DC) or the equivalent of 310-320- MW (AC) when completed.

Recalling from our previous post of October 17, 2012, there was an issue/discrepancy between the maximum generating capacity listed in wikipedia (397 MW in wikipedia vs. many other sources’ 290 MW).  After further digging/investigation, I’ve discovered two things:

1.  In PV Tech Oct. 14, 2011 issue,  please note the quote below:

The original nameplate for the entire plant was 290MW (AC), but Christian said that a 12th block is in the engineering stage and should start early construction soon.

The additional set of arrays would add another 20–30MW (AC), bringing the total to 310–320MW (AC), or about 397MW (DC) after conversion – an amount estimated

to require in the neighborhood of 5.2 million PV panels.

2. Upon careful overview of multiple journals/articles,  I’ve come to realize that the industry as a whole needs a much more consistent standard (AC or DC) for basis of comparison.  Case in point, above, different power plants may provide information/data in AC or DC (AC and DC data may differ approximately 15%), presenting much confusion for the consumers and readers alike.  At this point, I’d like to share an article that would help to shed more light on this subject: AC-DC conundrum: Latest PV power-plant  ratings follies put focus on reporting inconsistency (update).   Please do not get too alarmed by this, for this, to me, is part of the growing pain;a sign that the solar industry is still young enough that it needs to work out some of its kinks;a sign  indicating that solar industry still has much room to grow.  It simply needs a unified voice.  So perhaps in future Solar Power (Generation, International, etc.) conventions/conferences, there should be one more topic added to the list of discussions: AC or DC, That Is The Question ?!

Below, is a clip on Agua Caliente Solar Project by First Solar:

Related articles:

  1. Agua Caliente Solar, LLC (Loans, Award Summary)  at
  2. Agua Caliente Solar Project, Case Study at www.CleanEnergyActionProject
  3. Uncompleted Agua Caliente solar farm already winning awards
  4. Agua Caliente Solar Project at wikipedia
  5. List of photovoltaic power stations

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17 October

World’s Top PV Power Stations, as of Oct., 2012


Dear Friends & Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

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Solar PV cells convert sunlight into electricity and many solar PV stations have been built over the years. For a quick recap of  “What Is Solar Cell” at Sun Is The Future, take a look at these links below:

  1. What Is Solar Cell (1)
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  7. What Is Solar Cell (7)Please allow me to share with you some of the top photovoltaic  power stations that are larger than 25 MW in current net capacity. These stations have progressively increased in size over the past decade.  At this very moment, October of 2012, the largest three individual photovoltaic (PV) power plants in the world are Agua Caliente Solar Project (Arizona of USA, 247 MW connected and to increase to 397 MW when completed), Charanka Solar Park (India, 214 MW connected and to increase to 500 MW when completed), Golmud Solar Park (China, 200 MW connected with annual production of  317 GWh and completed in October, 2011). But keep in mind that solar industry is very dynamic and therefore these order may be in flux.  Here at Sun Is The Future, we will keep you informed of these fluctuations.  Please see the chart below, as of October, 2012:  *Note: I need to check on Agua Caliente’s maximum generating capacity because many sources indicated 290 MW whereas Wikipeida indicated 397 MW. I will get back to you on this after further investigation.

World's Top PV Power Stations As of Oct., 2012 (Source: Wikipedia)

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