Solar Parks

Solar parks consist of large arrays of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels that collect solar power from the sun which is transformed into electricity for the local power grid. Solar parks of up to 10 MW generally consist of a minimum of 50 acres of land upon which PV panels are mounted on unobstructed locations that possess strong solar resources.
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Solar parks have been successfully developed in markets such as Germany and Portugal where government and local power utilities have provided appropriate market signals and programs. In 2006, the Ontario Power Authority introduced the Standard Offer Program (SOP), creating a market for solar-generated power in Ontario. The guaranteed price of 0.42¢/kWhr for up to 10 MW of PV-generated electricity necessitates taking advantage of economies of scale when developing a solar park project.
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