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America’s 5 Biggest Solar Projects

Here are the five largest Solar Projects currently planned or operating in the U.S.:

5. Gemini

The 571-megawatt Gemini solar project is the only one on the list that includes significant battery capacity, a trend that’s growing among large U.S. solar plants. This one is still under development, slated for completion in 2020.

Co-developer Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners said the addition of storage should undercut carbon emissions compared to traditional generation sources by more than 1.5 million tons every year.

4. Alamo

Texas claims several spots on this list, starting with the 577-megawatt, multi-site Alamo project in San Antonio.

South Korea’s OCI Solar Power developed the sites and brought them online in 2015 and 2016. It later sold several to Consolidated Edison Development, the renewables development and ownership subsidiary of utility Con Ed.

OCI attached a 1-megawatt energy storage system to one of the solar sites, which the developer said was designed to provide fast response in ERCOT’s market.

3. Topaz

Like Texas, First Solar makes several appearances on the list, starting with the third-ranked project, the 668-megawatt Topaz Solar Farm in California.

Pacific Gas & Electric is the offtaker, and the utility’s bankruptcy has raised questions about a number of major renewables projects, including Topaz. In January, ratings agencies dropped the project’s credit rating due to its reliance on PG&E for revenues. Moody’s returned the farm to a positive outlook after PG&E filed its reorganization plan and the utility has pledged to honor its renewables contracts.

2. Desert Sunlight

After years of successful operation, the 673-megawatt First Solar project in California’s Mojave Desert still holds onto the No. 2 spot.  Joint owners include General Electric, NextEra Energy and Sumitomo of America.

1. Misae 2

Texas has become a boomtown for utility-scale solar, and now lays claim to the largest U.S. project, this one still under development. The Misae 2 project, planned in two phases totaling 692 megawatts, should be fully completed in 2021.

LAE American Energy, a subsidiary of Argentina-based solar, wind and biomass developer Latinoamericana de Energía, kicked off development of the Misae project before selling a portion of it to investment firm Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.

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