Dramatically falling costs are driving the global solar boom. In many regions, the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) produced from solar power is now the same as, or even lower than, that of energy from fossil fuels. In fact, large-scale PV power plants can generate solar power for as little as 0.08 US dollars/kWh.
All continents are showing trends towards large-scale PV power plants with high, double-digit — or even three-digit — megawatt capacities in both new and established markets. “Solar Star” (579 MW), completed in California in June 2015, is currently the world’s largest photovoltaic power plant connected to the grid. Additionally, the construction of a photovoltaic project with a total capacity of 350 MW was put up for tender in the United Arab Emirates, and Chile has the “El Romero Solar” PV power plant in the pipeline which has a projected nominal power output of 196 MW.
At Intersolar Europe 2016, experienced international PV project developers are showcasing solutions for complex multi-megawatt projects, solar-diesel hybrid systems and power plants with large-scale storage devices and energy management systems. Two other sessions at the Intersolar Europe Conference discuss the experience gained through planning, financing, operating and maintaining major photovoltaic power plants.
June 21, 2016 | PV Power Plants: Asset Management
June 22, 2016 | Renewable Energy Hybrid Plants: Coming of Age