Top 10 Countries That Utilize Solar Energy the Most

1. GERMANY

39.275 GIGA WATT  (GW)

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The official government goal is to continuously increase renewables’ contribution within the country’s overall electricity consumption. Long – term minimum targets are 35% by 2020, 50% by 2030 and 80% by 2050.

2. CHINA

35.78 GIGA WATT (GW)

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By 2030, the Chinese government announced that it wants to reduce fossil-fuel energy by 20%.

3. JAPAN

23.3 GIGA WATT (GW)

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Japan is a world leader in solar due to its government residential PV programs, net-metering, the support of the private sector, and ambitious goals to reach 28 GW by 2020 and 53 GW by 2030.

4.UNITED STATES

18.3 GIGA WATT (GW)

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California is set to obtain 33% of their electricity from renewable energy sources by the end of 2020. A total of 4,324 MW of utility scale solar power plants are under construction, and an additional 25,926 MW are under development.

5. ITALY

17.9 GIGA WATT (GW)

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Solar Power accounted for 7% of the electricity generated in Italy during 2013 (ranked 1st in the world), a share that’s expected to double by 2030.

6. SPAIN

5.6 GIGA WATT (GW)

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In 2008 the Spanish government committed to achieving a target of 12% of primary energy from renewable energy by 2010, and by 2020 they expect to have an installed solar generating capacity of 10,000 megawatts (MW).

7. FRANCE

5.26 GIGA WATT (GW)

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The French energy ministry recently announced that the country will raise its solar power target to 8,000 MW by 2020.

8. AUSTRALIA

3.3 GIGA WATT (GW)

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The Council of Sydney is attempting to make the city run 100% on renewable energy by 2030. This plan was announced in 2014 , and the blueprints are publically available.

9. UNITED KINGDOM

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3 GIGA WATT (GW)

In 2012, the government said that 4 million homes across the UK will be powered by the sun within eight years, representing 22,000 MW of installed solar power capacity by 2020

10. BELGIUM

2.9 GIGA WATT (GW)

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Solar power in Belgium was growing at an outstanding pace from 2009 until 2012, but its growth has since slower significantly. In 2012 the installed capacity expanded to over 2.6 gigawatt – peak (GWp), with nearly all of it grid – connected, photovoltaics produced in estimated 2,115 GWh of  electricity in 2012.