Where is solar power used the most?
Solar power is a renewable and clean energy source that is growing both within the United States and around the world. In 2019, 176 gigawatts (GW) of new renewable energy sources were installed globally, with wind power and hydropower as the most popular, and utility-scale and home solar right behind.
In 2019, the U.S. installed a total of 2.6 GW of solar power, with 45 megawatts in commercial installations alone. Although U.S. installations are on the rise, China continues to dominate the world stage.
Read on to dig a little deeper into solar power use around the globe.
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What countries have the highest installed capacity of solar PV power?
China leads the way in installed PV with the United States and Japan in second and third place for installed solar capacity, respectively.
The table below is based on data from the International Renewable Energy Agency 2018 country rankings report.
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Where are solar energy resources located?
Solar radiation produced from the sun’s energy is in abundance all over the globe, but some locations are more suitable for solar PV panels than others.
For example, it makes more sense to utilize the sun’s power in places where the sun shines all year long, such as in deserts.
Where there is more sun, there is better potential for including solar technologies within the utility energy mix. Some of the countries with the most sunlight are on the top 10 solar capacity list, such as Australia and India, but there is definitely untapped potential in Africa and South America.