June 14, 2023

Total Global Solar Generation

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The cumulative global solar generation increased from just 32 TWh in 2010 to 1250 TWh in 2022.

Solar generation has grown over 20% annually since 2020 increasing from 180 TWh to 245 TWh.

2022 Market Share

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In 2022, of the 1250 TWh of global solar generation, China accounted for 34%  (almost 420 TWh) while the US represented about 17% (about 220 TWh).

Rounding out the top 5 are: Japan (7% / 90 TWh), India (6% / 75 TWh) and Germany (5% / 60 TWh).

The rest of the world combined accounted for 31% (380 TWh).

Generation by Country

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Like capacity, all major regions have shown significant year-over-year generation growth rates, with the exception of Germany.


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