Proposed Photovoltaic Solar Power Plants In the USA

Listed below are the proposed photovoltaic solar power plant projects that have been proposed for construction in the United States. These power plants are currently sitting in a range of different stages of development from the simple concept through the permitting phases and construction stage.

In some cases there is significant opposition to the development proposals on a range of different grounds including endangerment of animals and flora in the area. Other cases involve the cost and viability of the development itself.

The plan is to update this list as new developments are brought to light.

At this stage the list is comprised of the largest of the proposed photovoltaic solar power plants currently in development around the United States. The list consists of power plants with a maximum generating capacity of 400MW or larger.

Project Name
State
Power
(MW)
Expected
Completion
Status
Westlands Solar Park
California
2700
2013 - 2015
Planned
Sterling Solar Generating Facility
Arizona
1200
2015
Seeking Approval
McCoy Solar Energy Project
California
750
2016
Seeking Approval
Topaz Solar Farm
California
550
2015
Recently commissioned
Blythe Solar Power Project
California
485
unknown
Seeking permits
Alamo Solar Farm
Texas
400
2016
Phase I (41MW) Under Construction
Gadsden County Solar Farm
Florida
400
unknown
Planned
Desert Sunlight Solar Farm
California
300
2015
Recently commissioned
Silver State Solar Power South
Nevada
250
unknown
Seeking Approval

Some of the solar power plants that have been listed above have gone through interesting paths to reach the point where they are proposed as photovoltaic power plants. In one case the original plan was for the solar plant to be created as a concentrating solar trough plant.

The Silver State Solar Plant South was originally proposed as a 600MW power plant. It was cut back to a 350Mw design and sent to the BLM for further consideration. Ecological considerations were then taken into further consideration and because there was still a fear of the plant impacting endangered animals the final design was scaled back to become a 250MW plant.

The process of taking a solar power plant from the initial planning stages through the many permitting processes and public forums for approval can be a long and expensive one. The power plants that have been listed above have been undergoing refinement and planning for a number of years each.

Find our more about the solar power industry and the developments that are taking place by visiting our solar energy page.

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