Solar Capacity (Cumulative Installed Photovoltaic Power)

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 97.90000000000001% 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.

$9.99

Buy Solar Capacity (Cumulative Installed Photovoltaic Power) data for all countries.

from $199/month

Buy annual subscriptions for all our products.

Country Unit 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Algeria MW ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 1.10 49.1    
Australia MW                               1,377 2,415 3,226 4,088 5,109    
Austria MW                               187 263 626 785 937    
Belgium MW ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...             2,105 2,800 3,058 3,153 3,250    
Brazil MW ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...   1.00 2.00 5.00 15.0 22.9    
Bulgaria MW ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...         154 1,013 1,020 1,026 1,029    
Canada MW                               558 827 1,272 1,904 2,579    
Chile MW ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 2.00 15.0 242 576    
China MW                               3,300 7,060 17,740 28,380 43,530    
Czech Republic MW ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...           1,913 2,022 2,064 2,068 2,075    
Denmark MW                               16.7 408 563 606 787    
European Union MW ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...       53,343 70,718 81,151 88,360 ... ... ...
Finland MW                               9.20 9.20 10.2 10.2 15.0    
France MW                               2,974 4,090 4,733 5,660 6,605    
Germany MW                               25,916 34,077 36,710 37,900 39,224    
Greece MW ... ... ... ... ... ... ...                 612 1,536 2,579 2,596 2,604    
Honduras MW ... ... ...                         4.48 5.16 5.16 5.16 393    
Hungary MW ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...       4.00 12.0 35.0 77.0 168    
India MW ... ... ... ...                       562 923 1,283 3,290 5,168    
Israel MW ...                             190 237 481 681 886    
Italy MW                               12,803 16,139 18,198 18,606 18,915    
Japan MW                               4,914 6,743 13,599 23,300 34,151    
Jordan MW ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 0.058 0.126 0.221 28.9    
Malaysia MW ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...           13.5 34.0 141 206 264    
Mexico MW                               40.0 52.0 112 179 246    
Netherlands MW                               150 363 723 1,123 1,560    
Norway MW                               9.50 10.0 10.6 13.0 15.7    
Pakistan MW ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...         18.6 45.6 100 165 230    
Philippines MW ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...             1.00 1.00 1.00 22.0 132    
Portugal MW                               175 244 299 416 465    
Romania MW ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...           1.00 41.0 761 1,293 1,326    
Slovakia MW ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...       496 513 533 533 533    
South Africa MW ...                             67.4 72.2 280 1,034 1,039    
South Korea MW ... ... ... ... ... ...                   729 1,024 1,555 2,481 3,493    
Spain MW                               4,792 5,104 5,354 5,376 5,425    
Sweden MW                               15.0 23.0 42.0 78.0 126    
Switzerland MW                               211 437 756 1,061 1,394    
Taiwan MW ... ... ... ... ...                     118 223 392 620 842    
Thailand MW ... ... ... ... ... ...                   242 388 824 1,299 1,420    
Turkey MW ... ...                           6.70 11.7 17.7 58.0 266    
Ukraine MW ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...   188 371 748 819 839    
United Kingdom MW                               1,000 1,754 2,937 5,528 9,535    
USA MW                               3,959 7,328 12,079 18,317 25,674    
World MW                               71,251 100,677 137,260 178,090 226,907