Largest solar farms in the US: Like many other countries around the world, the USA is embracing more renewable energy sources as it seeks to reduce fossil fuel consumption and reduce its carbon footprint.
The world’s largest economy has built some of the largest and most impressive solar farms in the world that have helped bring the country’s solar capacity to well over 92 gigawatts.
In this article, we take a look at the top 5 largest solar farms in the US
List of the top 5 largest solar farms in US
- Copper Mountain solar power plant in Nevada (Capacity 802MW)
- Mountain Signal solar power plant in California (Capacity 614MW)
- Solar Star solar power plant in California (Capacity 579MW)
- Desert Sunlight solar power plant in California (Capacity 550MW)
- Topaz solar power plant in California (Capacity 550MW)
An overview of the top 5 largest solar farms in US
1. Copper Mountain
Copper Mountain is the largest solar farm in the USA with a nameplate capacity of 802 megawatts (MWAC). The power plant is located in Boulder City, Nevada, United States.
The first unit of Copper Mountain Solar Power Plant entered into service on December 1, 2010. At the time, the facility was the largest of its kind in the country with a nominal power of 58 MW. However, it was stripped of the position until its fifth unit came online in March 2021.
Copper Mountain Solar Power Plant was developed by Sempra Generation.
2. Mount Signal
At the second position in our list of the largest solar farms in US is Mount Signal. The 614 MWAC photovoltaic power station is located in the southern Imperial Valley, west of Calexico, California, near the Mexican border.
The facility was developed and constructed in three phases by 8minutenergy Renewables. Construction began in 2012 and was completed in 2020.
3. Solar Star
Located near Rosamond, California, Solar Star is the third-largest solar farm in the US.
Operated and maintained by SunPower Services, the photovoltaic power plant has a nominal capacity of 579MWAC.
Construction of Solar Star Power Plant began back in 2013 and was completed in 2015 becoming the world’s largest solar farm in terms of installed capacity.
4. Desert Sunlight
Another one of the largest solar firms in the US is Desert Sunlight. The 550MW photovoltaic (PV) solar farm is located approximately six miles north of the rural community of Desert Center, Riverside County, California.
The project was conceptualized by FirstSolar back in 2008. Its construction started in September 2011 and was completed in February 2015.
Desert Sunlight solar power plant was developed and is being managed by FirstSolar. It is co-owned by NextEra Energy Resources, NRG Yield Operating, and Sumitomo Corporation of America (SCOA).
5. Topaz Solar
Topaz Solar Farm was started in 2011 and completed in 2015.
The project is located in California. It was developed by First Solar, Inc., a leading manufacturer of thin-film solar panels, and it is now owned by Berkshire Hathaway Energy.
Just like the Desert Sunlight solar power plant, the Topaz solar power plant has a total nominal capacity of 550 MW.