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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 June 2014 were as follows:

 

Country

Cumulative

to date

Under dev-

-elopment

Rank

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

Plants

Capacity

Plants

Capacity

1

United States

349

6,240

269

14,180

2

China

219

4,710

37

6,010

3

Germany

277

3,455

9

56

4

India

184

1,975

55

5,574

5

United Kingdom

233

1,792

175

2,116

6

Spain

171

1,680

9

1,486

7

Italy

85

898

3

30

8

France

57

732

9

115

9

Canada

56

717

65

838

10

Thailand

62

593

15

484

11

South Africa

15

503

26

1,371

12

Ukraine

19

490

0

0

13

Japan

16

308

45

1,655

14

Romania

17

277

9

172

15

Chile

7

269

52

3,568

16

Bulgaria

13

225

3

680

17

Czech Republic

26

217

0

0

18

Greece

12

117

2

175

19

Portugal

11

110

1

9

20

United Arab Emirates

3

103

4

906

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

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