How to Start a Solar Farm – Go Big or Go Home!

It’s well known that solar energy is a promising renewable source for electricity. In fact, a lot of Americans have started building small solar panel systems on their rooftops. But companies are looking to start solar farms on large tracts of land. Landowners can take advantage of the high demand for renewable energy by leasing their land to solar development company. Just for fun, we’re going to tell you a little bit about some huge solar farms that have been developed.

The next three solar farms (and even parks) take harnessing solar energy to a whole new level.

This Bigger Than Life Solar Farm in Alabama

As if to match the sunshiney and bigger than life personalities of the people in Alabama, the largest solar farm in the states’ history, some 640 acres, is finally online and ready to rumble. Generating roughly 75 MW of energy, it contributes power to some 15,000 homes in the state.

The company that will maintain and operate the facility is NextEra Energy Resources, and boy do they know how to start a solar farm. The company that manages the electrical grid that this solar farm feeds into is the Tennessee Valley Authority. The TVA Vice President says that the solar power system is made up of 300,000 solar panels and cost about $150 million dollars to develop. The clean energy produced by this solar farm in Alabama would remove about 100,000 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere every year.

It’s well known that the solar industry is a powerhouse when it comes to employment, and this project was no different. Construction took about 350 local workers from the state of Alabama, helping to support the local economy that it will begin providing clean power to. The solar farm will undoubtedly continue to support the local economy, by providing close to $9 million dollars in property taxes.

The length for the land lease is 20 years with state of the art solar panels that are highly efficient, durable, and weather resistant, according to the NextEra spokesperson Bryan Garner.

The River Bend solar farm was developed in cooperation with NextEra Energy Resources, which will operate the facility. It will supply electricity from the River Bend solar farm to the TVA for the next 20 years pursuant to the terms of a power purchase agreement. The solar panels are mounted to a tracking system that allows them to follow the sun across the sky which maximizes the amount of electricity produced.

This Warren Buffet Backed Solar Power Farm in California

If anyThe Topaz Solar Farm is a 550-megawatt system in California. It is one of the world’s largest solar farms and took $2.5 billion dollars to make. The project created about 400 jobs in the California area. MidAmerican, a subsidiary of Warren Buffet’s company – Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway – is the controlling company of the development. If Buffet is backing it, I’m sure the company knows how to start a solar farm, big money means big farms!

About 1/3 of all solar industry establishments are located out west. The state of California is one of the leading states for solar energy in general, accounting for about 30% of all industry establishments.

This Solar Park in Pakistan

In Pakistan, the world’s largest solar farm was developed back in 2015. Just the pilot project was a 100-megawatt, 400,000 panel power system. This country really grasps the concept of go big or go home as it is the first solar farm the country has ever developed and they decided to one-up the entire world. The project cost $130 million dollars to develop. This solar farm was constructed on 500 acres of land in the desert in Punjab.

Quaid-e-Azam Solar Power Park

As if to flaunt just how cool (or hot?) their new solar project is, they picked an awesome name that literally makes you think the solar farm powers roller coasters.

The power park was set to be fully developed last month. However, back in January a deal was made to establish two more power plants, a 100-megawatt power plant to be finished in June and a 200-megawatt plant to be finished in December 2017. Before knowledge of these two extra plants was known, the whole development was supposed to have about 5.2 million photovoltaic cells and provide power to 320,000 homes.

The whole park cost $130 million dollars to create, I would love to see the profit margin on that solar farm!