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Hannah Ritchie, Max Roser


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus



Microsoft Excel

Installed Solar Energy Capacity

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  • This interactive map and chart provide students with an opportunity to explore where and how much solar energy is being produced around the world. 
  • Students can select the countries they wish to see on the line graph. 
  • Data begin in 1996, and all resources can be downloaded. 
Teaching Tips


  • Students can see the progression of solar energy around the world over time and see which countries have the most installed capacity.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know how to read a line graph and world map.
  • You can sort the table by column.
  • The line graph can display the data on a linear or logarithmic scale.


  • Cross-curricular connections could be made in social studies classes while discussing air quality.
  • Cross-curricular connections could be made in physics classes while discussing fossil fuel energy and solar energy.
Scientist Notes

This resource highlights aggregate of installed solar capacity with a unit conversion factor of 0.001. Data output shows the relative change from countries under study. Hence, resource is recommended.

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