[2022] Top States for Solar Farm Projects

In this blog, we look into 2022’s top states for solar farm projects. Using our Global Energy & Mining product (GEM), we’ve compiled data on the busiest states when it comes to planned and underway solar farm projects. Not only do we give you the rundown on the leading states in solar, but we also share GEM project reports for some of those states’ most notable solar projects.

In order to identify the top states for solar farm projects, we used the GEM Project Search and filtered for U.S.-based solar farm projects added to or updated in the database within the last 90 days. We included only projects in the Concept, Design & Documentation, Pre-Construction, and Construction stages.

Our query yielded project reports for nearly 500 planned and ongoing solar farm project across the country. Take a look at a pair of standout figures from the search.

GEM solar farm project data revealed that most planned and ongoing projects in the solar pipeline are still in the concept stage. Of the top 5 states’ solar farm projects, New Jersey accounts for over a third.

Top States for Solar Farm Projects

These states are listed in order according to estimated dollars in planned and under-construction solar farm projects added to or updated in the GEM database within the last 90 days, as of 1/18/21. All project data is courtesy of GEM. Each state included in the below list features a GEM project report for a notable planned or ongoing solar farm project in that state. In addition to solar projects, GEM also covers wind energy, mining, oil, and gas projects, among others.

New Jersey: Mount Olive Solar Project

The Mount Olive Solar Project in Morris County, N.J., will be the largest solar farm project on a former landfill in the country. The project is converting the Combe Fill North Landfill Superfund site into a 25.6-MW solar farm (Courtesy Solar Builder Mag).

Value US$ 20.00 million Estimated Town Chester Township Category Utilities
Stage Construction Council/County Morris County Subcategory Solar Farm
Status Construction Commenced State/Province NJ (United States) ProjectID 266639017
Const start August 2021 Floor Area Ownership type Private
Const end 2nd quarter 2022 Site Area 26.3 hectares Development type New construction
Time stamp 02 Dec 2021 14:01 Storeys BCI Researcher
Green Star Units Master Plan No

New York: Trelina Solar Energy Center

The above proposed layout for the Trelina Solar Energy Project features an 80-MW planned solar farm.

Value US$ 30.00 million Approximate Town Packwood Road & Serven Road Category Utilities
Stage Pre-Construction Council/County Seneca County Subcategory Solar Farm
Status Contract Awarded / Builder Appointed State/Province NY (United States) ProjectID 234845017
Const start 1st quarter 2023 Floor Area Ownership type Private
Const end 1st quarter 2024 Site Area 101 hectares Development type New construction
Time stamp 10 Dec 2021 16:24 Storeys BCI Researcher
Green Star Units Master Plan No

Texas: Helena Solar Project

The Helena Energy Center in Bee County, Texas, is expected to be operational in Q2 2022.

Value US$ 200.00 million Approximate Town Bee County Category Utilities
Stage Construction Council/County Bee County Subcategory Solar Farm
Status Construction Commenced State/Province TX (United States) ProjectID 267063017
Const start March 2021 Floor Area Ownership type Private
Const end 2nd quarter 2021 Site Area 1011 hectares Development type New construction
Time stamp 07 Dec 2021 13:48 Storeys BCI Researcher
Green Star Units Master Plan No

Virginia: Bartonsville Energy Facility Project

Screenshot of the Bartonsville Energy Facility’s project map and notes.

Value US$ 100.00 million Approximate Town Stephens City Category Utilities
Stage Design & Documentation Council/County Frederick County Subcategory Solar Farm
Status Development Application / Resource Consent Application State/Province VA (United States) ProjectID 249943017
Const start Floor Area Ownership type Private
Const end Site Area 727.22 hectares Development type New construction
Time stamp 26 Oct 2021 16:05 Storeys BCI Researcher
Green Star Units Master Plan No

Indiana: Moss Creek Solar Project

The Pulaski County Council has approved the Moss Creek Solar Project’s rezoning application (Courtesy NextEra Energy).

Value US$ 223.00 million Approximate Town Pulaski County Category Utilities
Stage Concept Council/County Pulaski County Subcategory Solar Farm
Status Rezoning State/Province IN (United States) ProjectID 238393017
Const start   Floor Area Ownership type Private
Const end   Site Area 619.169 hectares Development type New construction
Time stamp 15 Dec 2021 12:36 Storeys BCI Researcher
Green Star Units Master Plan No

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