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Solar energy capacity

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Solar energy capacity
Measured in gigawatts.
Source
International Renewable Energy Agency (2023) – processed by Our World in Data
Last updated
December 12, 2023
Next expected update
December 2024
Date range
2000–2022
Unit
gigawatts

Sources and processing

This data is based on the following sources

IRENA publishes detailed statistics on renewable energy capacity, power generation and renewable energy balances. This data is collected directly from members using the IRENA Renewable Energy Statistics questionnaire and is also supplemented by desk research where official statistics are not available.

Some technologies include others, following this schema:

Total renewable energy

  1. Hydropower 1.1 Renewable hydropower 1.2 Pumped storage *
  2. Marine
  3. Wind 3.1 Onshore wind energy 3.2 Offshore wind energy
  4. Solar 4.1 Solar photovoltaic 4.2 Concentrated solar power
  5. Bioenergy 5.1 Solid biofuels 5.1.1 Bagasse 5.1.2 Renewable municipal waste 5.1.3 Other solid biofuels 5.2 Liquid biofuels 5.3 Biogas
  6. Geothermal
  • Pumped storage is included under the "Hydropower" category but not in the "Total renewable energy". Generation from mixed plants is split between hydropower and pumped storage as appropriate.
Retrieved on
December 12, 2023
Citation
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IRENA (2023), Renewable power generation costs in 2022, International Renewable Energy Agency, Abu Dhabi.

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International Renewable Energy Agency (2023) – processed by Our World in Data. “Solar energy capacity” [dataset]. International Renewable Energy Agency, “Renewable Electricity Capacity and Generation Statistics” [original data]. Retrieved June 19, 2024 from https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/installed-solar-pv-capacity