Which Country Has the Largest Capacity of Solar Power?

Solar Capacity (Cumulative Installed Photovoltaic Power) (MW), 2016
Energy & Utility | March 22, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 39 countries in 2016, China ranked the highest in solar capacity in terms of cumulative installed photovoltaic power with 78,070 MW followed by Japan and Germany. On the other end of the scale was Finland with 20.0 MW, Norway with 26.7 MW and Sweden with 175 MW.

Total solar capacity in terms of cumulative installed photovoltaic power reached 301,473 MW in 2016 in the World according to World Bank / EIA. This is 24.9 % more than in the previous year and 97.7 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total solar capacity in terms of cumulative installed photovoltaic power reached an all time high of 301,473 MW in 2016 and an all time low of 453 MW in 1996. The average annual growth amounted to 38.4 % since 1996.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 25.9 % of solar capacity in terms of cumulative installed photovoltaic power in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 53.8 % share while the ten largest countries some 86.4 % in 2016.

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