Countries

 

Country

Cumulative

to date

Rank

See basis of figures here. © Wiki-Solar.org

Plants

Capacity MWAC

1

China [map]

824

48,676

2

United States [map]

994

21,431

3

India [map]

510

12,251

4

United Kingdom [map]

843

6,483

5

Germany [map]

409

4,284

6

Chile [map]

45

3,071

7

Japan [map]

149

2,738

8

France [map]

182

1,922

9

Spain [map]

179

1,847

10

Canada [map]

125

1,652

11

South Africa [map]

32

1,392

12

Italy [map]

140

1,298

13

Thailand [map]

86

1,040

14

Philippines [map]

35

862

15

Brazil [map]

7

810

16

Ukraine

18

514

17

Australia [map]

17

446

18

Honduras

12

440

19

Jordan

29

399

20

Pakistan

4

395

21

Israel

30

370

22

Romania [map]

25

334

23

Mexico [map]

8

330

24

United Arab Emirates

4

303

Deployment of utility-scale solar power by country

Each project in the Wiki-Solar Database is listed in a specified country and we can therefore map projects and analyse and benchmark the characteristics on a country by country basis. The table below ranks countries based on their deployment of PV power plants of 10MWp and over. Click on highlighted names to see the map of installations in the country. Click here to see figures by continent.

We prepare overviews showing the key data in markets of your choice, as described here, and detailed reports on some of the key markets as described here.

Latest capacity table

Capacity growth continues rapidly and broke through 100 GW early in 2017.The leading countries for the deployment of utility scale solar power stations of 4 MW+ in mid-2017 were as follows:

Country maps

Most top-ranking countries have their own map - use the pull-down menu under country maps or click any hyperlinks on this page.

Some historical highlights

... newest to oldest

H1 2017

Half-year approaches 120 GW

Q1 2017

Capacity passes 100 GW

H1 2016

Capacity reaches 75 GW

End 2015

World capacity tops 60 GW

Q1 2015

UK rises to world #3

End 2014

Cumulative capacity reaches 36 GW

End 2013

Cumulative capacity exceeds 21 GW

Q4 2013

USA becomes top market - breaks 5 GW

Q3 2013

USA reaches 3GW of capacity

H1 2013

China becomes first country to reach 3GW of capacity

Q1 2013

UK is Europe's best market

Q4 2012

US becomes #2 market behind Germany

2011 - 12

Germany leading market for total and utility-scale PV deployment

 

2007 - 08

Spanish boom under generous feed-in tariffs

 

2003 - 04

First utility-scale projects under feed-in tariffs in Germany

 

1983

First 5MW+ project in Carissa Plain, USA, also by Arco

1982

First MW+ project by Arco in Lugo, California, USA

Country data

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