Countries

 

Country

Cumulative

to date

Under dev-

-elopment

Rank

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

Plants

Capacity

Plants

Capacity

1

China

522

18,956

44

4,942

2

United States

679

12,959

345

21,228

3

United Kingdom

508

4,521

408

3,590

4

India

330

4,183

332

19,127

5

Germany

298

3,613

56

328

6

Japan

98

1,804

48

1,787

7

France

136

1,630

9

60

8

Spain

172

1,525

9

1,485

9

Canada

119

1,509

18

371

10

South Africa

29

1,223

27

1,576

11

Italy

100

1,005

2

22

12

Thailand

81

1,001

6

113

13

Chile

17

860

105

9,693

14

Ukraine

16

500

1

6

15

Philippines

27

447

57

2,123

16

Pakistan

4

395

8

868

17

Honduras

9

367

3

188

18

Romania

23

314

9

206

19

Israel

26

291

11

411

20

Bulgaria

23

224

4

84

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 60 GW in 2015.The leading countries for the deployment of utility scale solar power stations of 4 MW+ as at the end 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

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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