What information is held on the Wiki-Solar Database?
For each of the projects referred to on the right, we collect as many of the details listed below as we can. We don't have it all, so if you can update us with further or corrected information, please let us know.
Each project is given a name ¶, often by its owner, failing which we usually use the name of the nearest village (supplemented by participant names and capacities where there are several projects nearby).
We assign a unique reference ¶ to each one to help avoid duplication (as different parties may refer to the same project by different names).
The Wiki-Solar Database record the rated capacity¶ of the station in MWAC (the capacity deliverable to the grid). See more about MW ratings here.
The location of the project¶ is recorded (by country, region, province - and address, where available), together with latitude and longitude Ø where known. For many plants we also have a footprint Ø showing the actual site plan, as shown on these maps. We also hold for many sites information about the land usage Ø (what the land was previously used for).
Once a site appears on satellite views or other images, the site area considered is that within the (fenced) site perimeter. Prior to that it is the area quoted by the developer or referenced in the planning documents.
Technical project data
In addition to the capacity data above, key technical data on each project includes:
For photovoltaic projects: MWp (the DC output of the solar array) Ø
Scheduled or actual coming-online date ¶
Annual output in MWh Ø
Equivalent power consumption expressed as numbers of homes Ø
Typical carbon savings in tonnes of CO2Ø
Equivalent carbon savings expressed as number of cars (average annual emissions) §
Site area in hectares (see above) Ø
This data allows analysis of comparative global and regional performance ratios.