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There are more than 30 utility-scale solar power plants, one megawatt or larger, under various stages of development in the U.S., and we decided to start mapping them out. These are solar plants that have either signed a power purchase agreement with a utility, are included […]

There are more than 30 utility-scale solar power plants, one megawatt or larger, under various stages of development in the U.S., and we decided to start mapping them out. These are solar plants that have either signed a power purchase agreement with a utility, are included in the DOE’s official list of power generation sources or have applied for state permits like from the California Energy Commission.

So check out our annotated Google map, embedded below. Like our other maps, we’ll add more info and update the map as news warrants.


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There may need to be a lot of updates — potentially taking points away — as many of these projects are in peril should Congress fail to renew the investment tax credit in a timely manner. We’ve heard from utility giants and solar executives that without the ITC the future of large-scale solar is stuck in limbo.

Google’s eye-in-the-sky even lets you see some of the solar power plants if you’re looking at the satellite photos. To see more cleantech wonders via satellite images, check out our Eco-Tour of Google Earth.

Sources: Solar Energy Industries Association, California Energy Commission, DOE Energy Information Administration.

  1. Solar Map: Over 30 Big Solar Projects in the Works – GigaOM Wednesday, August 27, 2008

    [...] are in various stages of development. Big solar is only going to get bigger. Check out the map and read the full story over at Earth2Tech. Rating: None Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Print gigaom:[qi:_earth2tech] Share/Email [...]

  2. You’re missing the 1.6MW system at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&view=map&q=94043&ie=UTF8&ll=37.421836,-122.084321&spn=0.003366,0.006067&t=h&z=18) and the nearby system that I think is >1MW at the Microsoft Silicon Valley campus (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&view=map&q=94043&ie=UTF8&ll=37.411482,-122.071184&spn=0.001683,0.003034&t=h&z=19)

    I also zoomed in on a couple of the map spots, like the one in Tracy, CA, but I couldn’t see any solar system there. Are the points accurate, or just to the city that they’re in?

  3. You are also missing the 8.2 mw Colorado PV plant.

  4. Apollo Daily Digest » Blog Archive » September 2, 2008: Labor and Enviros Look To The Future And Reflect On The Past Tuesday, September 2, 2008

    [...] map (via Earth2Tech) pinpoints the more than 30 utiity-scale solar power plants in the [...]

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  6. GreenVolts Concentrates on Utility Project With $30M « Earth2Tech Monday, September 22, 2008

    [...] photovoltaic project.” The GV1 project is to be built on eight acres in Tracy, Calif. (Check it out on our map.) GreenVolts has signed a power purchase agreement with utility PG&E for 2 megawatts of power by [...]

  7. GreenVolts Concentrates on Utility Project With $30M | Eco Friendly Mag Monday, September 22, 2008

    [...] photovoltaic project.” The GV1 project is to be built on eight acres in Tracy, Calif. (Check it out on our map.) GreenVolts has signed a power purchase agreement with utility PG&E for 2 megawatts of power by [...]

  8. Solar Power Partners Piles On $160M for Solar Financing « Earth2Tech Monday, September 29, 2008

    [...] Founded in 2006, the company has moved quickly and SPP CEO and President Alexander von Welczeck tells us the company has already completed 19 projects. SPP currently has another 22 projects in development which it plans to complete by the end of November by which time the company expects to have nearly 15 megawatts worth of installations operating in California, Hawaii, New Jersey and Connecticut. While SPP will be looking to expand nationally, von Welczeck says the Northeast is an area that holds particular promise for SPP. Check out the company’s own solar map to see the layout of their projects; we do love a good solar map. [...]

  9. Solar Power Partners Piles On $160M for Solar Financing [Earth2Tech - Start-Up News] | Internet Startups Monday, September 29, 2008

    [...] Founded in 2006, the company has moved quickly and SPP CEO and President Alexander von Welczeck tells us the company has already completed 19 projects. SPP currently has another 22 projects in development which it plans to complete by the end of November by which time the company expects to have nearly 15 megawatts worth of installations operating in California, Hawaii, New Jersey and Connecticut. While SPP will be looking to expand nationally, von Welczeck says the Northeast is an area that holds particular promise for SPP. Check out the company’s own solar map to see the layout of their projects; we do love a good solar map. [...]

  10. Solar Power Partners Piles On $160M for Solar Financing | Eco Friendly Mag Tuesday, September 30, 2008

    [...] Founded in 2006, the company has moved quickly and SPP CEO and President Alexander von Welczeck tells us the company has already completed 19 projects. SPP currently has another 22 projects in development which it plans to complete by the end of November by which time the company expects to have nearly 15 megawatts worth of installations operating in California, Hawaii, New Jersey and Connecticut. While SPP will be looking to expand nationally, von Welczeck says the Northeast is an area that holds particular promise for SPP. Check out the company’s own solar map to see the layout of their projects; we do love a good solar map. [...]

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