Countries

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Country

Cumulative

to date

Under dev-

-elopment

Rank

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

Plants

Capacity

Plants

Capacity

1

United States

407

7,084

275

14,742

2

China

245

6,518

38

6,533

3

Germany

281

3,468

12

66

4

India

196

2,203

53

5,744

5

United Kingdom

250

1,948

222

2,877

6

Spain

172

1,683

9

1,486

7

Italy

86

901

3

30

8

Canada

72

897

50

663

9

France

63

819

9

70

10

South Africa

20

680

21

1194

11

Thailand

68

645

9

431

12

Ukraine

19

490

0

0

13

Japan

24

475

42

1,555

14

Chile

12

460

53

3,963

15

Romania

18

286

8

163

16

Bulgaria

15

232

4

84

17

Czech Republic

26

217

0

0

18

Portugal

13

125

1

9

19

Greece

12

117

2

175

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 has now broken through 26 GW. In the last quarter of 2013, the USA became the first country to break the 5 GW level (see here).

The leading countries for the deployment of utility scale solar power stations of 4 MW+ as at the end of September 2014 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

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

All 2,000 entries in the Wiki-Solar Database have a country and exact or approximate location