Top 10 Solar Energy Producing Countries 2018

The global solar energy leader-board is set to change significantly in the next few years. As an impulse for solar gatherings in large countries such as India and the USA, it was predicted that these nations would make a massive leap forward on the world stage. Using Power Web data, we look at what the world's top 10 energy rankings look like in terms of installed capacity.

1. China (130.4GW)

The environmental record of China leaves a great deal to be desired. This perception explains why his recent efforts have received little attention, despite the country 's 81 percent increase in solar capacity last year. By 2030, the country aims to generate 20 percent of its electricity using renewable resources a feature that has become even more exciting given its previous record. 

2. United States (85.3GW)

The United States has the technology, talent and environment requirements for large-scale solar deployment. But political support for renewables was, to say the least, patchy, and with Trump threatening to withdraw America from the Paris Agreement, the future of solar energy in America is far from certain.

3. India (67.4GW)

As recently as 2011, India is expected to make massive production strides by 2020, with the World Bank alone providing $ 1 billion in loans this year. And according to PowerWeb, its solar boom has just started, with the Modi government aiming to have 100GW installed capacity by 2022.

4. Japan (63.3GW)

Japan, with its long-established technology and manufacturing sectors, was a natural early adopter of solar power generation and continues to innovate in the sector, aiming to meet 10 percent of the country's energy requirements by 2050.

5. Germany (48.4GW)

In recent years, Germany has taken the lead in making a number of significant commitments to renewable energy. Its strategy Energywende aims to ensure that the country obtains at least 60 percent of its energy from renewable sources as part of its drive to reduce carbon emissions by 2050. As Europe's leading renewable energy country.

6. Italy (22.6GW)

The presence of Italy in the rankings is atypical, as it is a net importer of energy and lacks many of its peers ' assets. Despite this solar mix, which accounts for almost 10% of the country's energy mix, Eurostat has even suggested that Italy could exceed its 2020 target.

7. United Kingdom (14.2GW)

In 2015, the UK overtook France and Spain with regard to installed capacity. In addition to major commercial solar installations, successive governments have supported initiatives that encourage schools and homeowners to take over solar panels. Between April and September 2016, in one particularly sunny day solar farms, the UK solar panels produced more electricity than coal, producing six times more energy than coal.

8. France (12.8GW)

With a strong economy and a well-developed energy industry, it's hardly surprising that solar has started in France. In 2016, French President Fran├žois Hollande and Narendra Modi from India laid the foundation stone for the International Solar Alliance (ISA) headquarters in India. The aim of the institution is to develop solar capacity between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn in countries.

9. Australia (12.2GW)

The solar presence of Australia has snowballed since 2009, with its cumulative PV capacity of a few hundred megawatts increasing to a healthy 5.7GW in 2015. To date, the country has almost 20 solar projects (with a capacity of more than 1 MW) at various completion stages. But these promising results show no comprehensive picture.

10. Pakistan (10GW)

While Pakistan became a solar country only in 2012, when its first PV plant online was launched, South Asia has high ambitions. The Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park, which will be completed this year and once fully operational, will have a 1GW capacity and will be the largest of its kind in the world, is central to its solar strategy.

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