Which Country Has the Largest Capacity of Solar Power?

Solar Capacity (Cumulative Installed Photovoltaic Power) (MW), 2017
Energy & Utility | December 26, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 42 countries in 2017, China ranked the highest in solar capacity in terms of cumulative installed photovoltaic power with 131,000 MW followed by USA and Japan. On the other end of the scale was Norway with 45.0 MW, Finland with 50.0 MW and Hungary with 300 MW.

Total solar capacity in terms of cumulative installed photovoltaic power reached 399,613 MW in 2017 in the World according to World Bank / EIA. This is 24.2 % more than in the previous year and 97.9 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total solar capacity in terms of cumulative installed photovoltaic power reached an all time high of 399,613 MW in 2017 and an all time low of 173 MW in 1996. The average annual growth amounted to 44.6 % since 1996.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 32.8 % of solar capacity in terms of cumulative installed photovoltaic power in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 57.8 % share while the ten largest countries some 86.5 % in 2017.

Data for more countries are available at Solar Capacity (Cumulative Installed Photovoltaic Power) indicator page.

Solar Capacity (Cumulative Installed Photovoltaic Power) Unit 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Australia MW 1,377 2,415 3,226 4,088 5,109
Belgium MW ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 2,105 2,800 3,058 3,153 3,250
Canada MW 558 827 1,272 1,904 2,579
China MW 3,300 7,060 17,740 28,380 43,530
France MW 2,974 4,090 4,733 5,660 6,605
Germany MW 25,916 34,077 36,710 37,900 39,224
India MW ... ... ... 562 923 1,283 3,290 5,168
Italy MW 12,803 16,139 18,198 18,606 18,915
Japan MW 4,914 6,743 13,599 23,300 34,151
Netherlands MW 150 363 723 1,123 1,560
South Korea MW ... ... ... ... ... 729 1,024 1,555 2,481 3,493
Spain MW 4,792 5,104 5,354 5,376 5,425
Turkey MW ... 6.70 11.7 17.7 58.0 266
USA MW 3,959 7,328 12,079 18,317 25,674
United Kingdom MW 1,000 1,754 2,937 5,528 9,535