Who Produces the Most Electricity from Photovoltaic?

Electricity Production from Solar Photovoltaic (GWh), 2017
Energy & Utility | December 26, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 78 countries in 2017, China ranked the highest in electricity production from solar photovoltaic with 108,179 GWh followed by USA and Japan. On the other end of the scale was Hong Kong with 1.06 GWh, Oman with 3.94 GWh and Trinidad and Tobago with 4.00 GWh.

Total electricity production from solar photovoltaic reached 442,618 GWh in 2017 in the World according to World Bank / EIA. This is 25.9 % more than in the previous year and 98.4 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total electricity production from solar photovoltaic reached an all time high of 442,618 GWh in 2017 and an all time low of 0.050 GWh in 1983. The average annual growth amounted to 60.1 % since 1983.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 24.4 % of electricity production from solar photovoltaic in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 56.1 % share while the ten largest countries some 85.6 % in 2017.

Data for more countries are available at Electricity Production from Solar Photovoltaic indicator page.

Electricity Production from Solar Photovoltaic Unit 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Australia GWh 2,045 2,412 3,847 4,952 5,958
Chile GWh ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 0.340 6.76 490 1,261
China GWh 2,610 3,595 8,374 23,512 43,560
France GWh 2,078 4,016 4,735 5,913 7,262
Germany GWh 19,599 26,380 31,010 36,056 38,726
Greece GWh ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 610 1,694 3,648 3,792 3,900
India GWh 827 2,099 3,433 4,909 6,566
Italy GWh 10,796 18,862 21,589 22,306 22,942
Japan GWh 5,439 7,372 12,909 23,548 34,540
South Africa GWh 80.3 86.0 243 1,123 2,749
South Korea GWh 917 1,103 1,605 2,556 3,979
Spain GWh 8,680 11,966 13,111 13,673 13,858
Thailand GWh 94.4 458 994 1,564 1,920
USA GWh 4,739 9,037 16,040 29,216 39,426
United Kingdom GWh 244 1,354 2,010 4,054 7,546