The world energy industry is witnessing a historic change, the transition to renewable energy – a clean and never-ending source of clean energy. Ranking the 10 countries with the largest solar PV output in the world not only helps us to have a more comprehensive view of the strong development of renewable energy in the present time, but also know the situation present in each other countries to realize their own position and consider future plans and programs.
This result is aggregated according to the International Energy Agency’s report on Trends in Photovoltaic Applications. Although the data in the report has only been aggregated in 2014, these are the latest updated data. From this data, we will know which country has the largest solar power output, and which country has the highest percentage of solar power entering the national grid, …
Surprisingly, in this list, some countries like Germany, Japan or Italy all rank higher than the US despite losing far in terms of land area. Solar power always needs a large space for installation, so for countries with limited land, but still having large renewable electricity capacity, it proves that the operation of power plants is extremely efficient.
The total solar power capacity of the world is estimated at 177,003 MW, enough to power 29 million households. The following is a summary of the top 10 leading countries in the field of solar energy.
- South Korea: 2,398 Megawatts
Picture of a solar power plant in Incheon, South Korea, about 55 miles west of Seoul. This is just one of many solar power plants in Korea that have been built and put into operation in recent years.
- Belgium: 3,156 Megawatts
The photovoltaic battery system is installed on the roof of the ship’s tunnel, next to the highway in Brasschaat, Belgium. The energy generated by these solar cells powers new and high-speed rail lines in Belgium.
- Australia: 4,130 Megawatts
The Greenough Sun River Project is near the town of Walkaway, 217 miles north of Perth with thousands of photovoltaic panels reflecting the sky.
- Spain: 5, 376 Megawatts
The latest image of the solar towers at the “Solucar” park of Sanlucar la Mayor, near Andalusian – the capital of Seville, Spain on March 4, 2016.
- France: 5,678 Megawatts
Wind turbine behind more than 20,000 solar panels at Avignonet-Lauragais, Midi-Pyrenees, France in November 2015.
- America: 18, 317 Megawatts
Modeled after the sunflower, the design of filmmaker James Cameron for photovoltaic batteries was built at MUSE School, Malibu, California in May 2015. This artistic design has helped the school self-sufficient. 70% – 90% of the electricity needed.
- Italy: 18,622 Megawatts
This is just a small example of a high-quality photovoltaic battery system in Italy installed in Castelbuono, Italy.
- Japan: 23,409 Megawatts
Japan implements photovoltaic battery application in every household. The “City of the Sun” plan is impressive with photovoltaic cells installed on rooftops in Ota, about 50 miles northwest of Tokyo.
- China: 28, 330 Megawatts
Large renewable power plants including solar cells and wind turbines in Hami, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China.
- Germany: 38,250 Megawatts
Leading the country in the world with the largest renewable energy production is Germany. Image of a large-scale solar cell installation in southeast Karlsruhe, Germany in March 2011.