Countries

 

Country

Cumulative

to date

Under dev-

-elopment

Rank

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

Plants

Capacity

Plants

Capacity

1

China

655

26,875

31

3,686

2

United States

797

16,596

373

21,843

3

United Kingdom

672

5,677

298

2,596

4

India

380

5,662

413

22,666

5

Germany

345

3,876

72

422

6

Japan

118

2,061

62

2,186

7

France

143

1,693

8

50

8

Spain

176

1,589

9

1,867

9

Canada

119

1,509

24

509

10

South Africa

31

1,317

24

1,444

11

Chile

22

1,262

109

10,597

12

Italy

130

1,194

3

26

13

Philippines

48

1,057

39

1,428

14

Thailand

82

1,019

11

172

15

Ukraine

18

508

1

856

16

Pakistan

4

395

10

1,123

17

Honduras

10

372

3

188

18

Israel

30

327

10

381

19

Romania

23

314

9

206

20

Bulgaria

24

284

3

24

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 75 GW in mid-2016.The leading countries for the deployment of utility scale solar power stations of 4 MW+ in August 2016 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 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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