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