Recap of U.S. utility sized solar projects that came online in 2012

The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) has a nice recap of 5 large scale utility sized solar projects that came online in 2012.    Last year was a really good year for U.S. solar installations – it was up 76 percent over 2011.

Utility-scale solar projects grew by more – up 134 percent over the previous year.  Some of the largest projects were supported by the Energy Department’s Loan Guarantee Program.  Below are 5 of the largest.

  •  Agua Caliente Phase I-IV – 287 MW.  Located in Yuma County, Arizona
  •  Alamosa Solar Project – 37 MW.  Located in San Luis Valley, Colorado, it’s the world’s largest concentrating photovoltaic solar farm.
  • Antelope Valley Solar Ranch One – 100 MW (230 MW when complete in 2013).  80 miles north of Los Angeles.
  • Mesquite Solar 1 – 124 MW.   Located in Maricopa County, Arizona
  • California Valley Solar Ranch Phase I-IV – 22 MW in 2012, 250 MW by then end of 2013.   Located in San Luis Obispo, California

via: U.S. Department of Energy –

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