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Installed Photovoltaic Solar Capacity

With 41% more installed capacity added, the pace of growth of photovoltaic solar was as robust in 2013 as in 2012. The geographical distribution of installed capacity is changing: Europe's share slipped from 59% in 2012 to 57% in 2013, while that of the Asia-Pacific region increased from 17% in 2010 to 30% in 2013. In China, photovoltaic solar capacity doubled in 2012.

Germany, a solar energy pioneer, still has the highest photovoltaic solar installed capacity, which in 2012 accounted for close to 5.5% of the total power generated in the country. China was ranked second in 2013, with 18.3 GW of installed capacity, followed closely by Italy with 17.6 GW. China and Japan, whose governments are actively promoting solar energy, added 11.3 GW and 6.9 GW respectively to their photovoltaic solar capacity in 2013. Asia is therefore set to make a significant contribution to the development of this sector in the coming years.

Installed Photovoltaic Solar Capacity (in MW)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Country 2012 2013 New Photovoltaic Solar Capacity in 2013 Change
Germany 32,643 35,948 3,305 10,10%
Italy 16,139 17,600 1,461 9,10%
United States 7,271 12,022 4,751 65,30%
Japan 6,743 13,643 6,900 102,30%
China 7,000 18,300 11,300 161,40%
Spain 4,685 4,828 143 3,10%
France 4,019 4,632 613 15,30%
Belgium 2,768 2,983 215 7,80%
Australia 2,407 3,255 848 35,20%
Rest of the World 18,401 26,426 8,025 43,60%
Total World 102,076 139,637 37,561 36,80%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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