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Global solar PV capacity installations 2019

This statistic represents the leading countries based on new solar PV capacity additions in 2019. That year the United States increased its solar photovoltaic capacity by 13.3 gigawatts in 2019.
The global solar PV cumulative capacity has increased massively over the past 20 years. In the year 2000, the capacity amounted to just over one gigawatt and by 2018 had surpassed 500 gigawatts. Solar capacity is expected to continue to rise as renewables increase their role in the global energy mix.

China leads the solar race

Despite being ranked second in terms of new capacity installations, the United States added considerably less than the top ranked nation China. In 2019, China added 30.1 gigawatts of new capacity, bringing its cumulative capacity to 204 gigawatts. This was more than the combined cumulative capacities of the United States, Japan and Germany. Although China’s newly installed capacity in 2019 was far higher than other nations, it was the second year in a row that capacity installations had decreased.

Unsurprisingly, China is home to many of the world’s major Solar PV companies , such as Jinko Solar. In 2019 the company reported an annual revenue of 3.6 billion U.S. dollars.

Leading countries based on new solar photovoltaic capacity additions in 2019

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June 2020



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