Feature Report: Renewable Energy Producers and Consumers

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Global Installed Photovoltaic Solar Capacity

Global installed photovoltaic solar capacity went from strength to strength, led by global giants China (up 67.9%) and the United States (up 26.2%).Robust growth was also reported in Australia and Japan. Although a longtime pioneer in the global solar industry, Germany has been stalling in recent years and now lags far behind the United States and Japan in terms of installed capacity.
Thanks to strong growth in its solar (and wind) industry and the ongoing shift from coal to gas in the power generation mix, the United States was the only country to report a decrease in CO2emissions in 2017. 
In Europe, France recorded one of fastest rates of growth, albeit starting from a much lower level: its installed capacity is almost six times lower than that of Germany.    

Global Installed Photovoltaic Solar Capacity (in MW)

 

Country 2016 2017 New Photovoltaic Solar Capacity in 2017 Change
China 78,000 131,000 53,000 67,90%
United States 40,400 51,000 10,600 26,20%
Japan 42,000 49,000 7,000 16,70%
Germany 40,716 42,394 1,678 4,10%
Italy 19,291 19,700 409 2,10%
France 7,125 8,000 875 12,30%
Australia 5,950 7,200 1,250 21,00%
Spain 5,453 5,600 147 2,70%
Belgium 3,516 3,800 284 8,1%
Rest of the World 60,331 81,922 21,591 35,00%
Total World 302,782 399,613 96,831 36,80%

 

Source: BP Statistical Review 2018