Israeli company Doral Renewables has started work on the largest solar energy farm in the United States, called Mammoth Solar, which will cover approximately 13,000 acres (5,261 hectares). report from AP news reveals.
Once completed, the new solar farm will cover two counties in northern Indiana and will cost a total of about $ 1.5 billion. An inauguration ceremony was held for the new construction site, which was attended by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and other local officials.
The Mammoth solar farm will be built across the borders of Starke and Pulaski counties, and the original construction site will be in a rural area about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of South Bend. Doral Renewables is building the solar farm as part of an agreement with American Electric Power that will improve the capacity of the Columbus, Ohio-based utility company for renewable energy.
The size of solar farms will continue to increase in the coming years
The 13,000-acre solar farm will be partially operational by mid-2023 and will generate 400 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 75,000 households. As a starting point, it is currently the largest solar panel farm in the world on 2,245-GW Bhadla Solar Park in India, on 5,700 hectares (14,000 acres). However, the Australian company Sun Cable is building a massive infrastructure projectcovering approximately 12,000 hectares (29,652 acres), which will send energy to Singapore via submarine cable.
The Mammoth solar farm, which will have a total of 2.85 million solar panels, is expected to be fully operational by 2024, at which point it will generate a total of 1.65 gigawatts of electricity. With the IPCC last alarming report on climate change and the COP26 conference this month, more and more major renewable infrastructure projects are likely to be highlighted, meaning the title of the world’s largest solar farm is likely to change hands several times in the coming years.