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

China

370

11,965

45

5,719

2

United States

618

10,548

390

19,394

3

United Kingdom

463

4,136

294

2,849

4

Germany

307

3,641

72

368

5

India

254

3,241

67

8582

6

Spain

178

1,527

9

1,486

7

Japan

81

1,443

46

1,825

8

Canada

114

1,378

21

441

9

France

128

1,321

12

341

10

South Africa

26

1,013

18

1,063

11

Thailand

81

994

6

201

12

Italy

93

941

2

22

13

Chile

15

740

75

5,400

14

Ukraine

20

500

1

6

15

Mexico

10

359

13

800

16

Romania

20

296

8

163

17

Puerto Rico

7

285

2

115

18

Honduras

7

283

6

227

19

Israel

25

249

14

453

20

Philipinnes

19

245

63

2,045

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 45 GW.

The leading countries for the deployment of utility scale solar power stations of 4 MW+ as at the middle of 2015 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

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

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