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Hannah Ritchie, Max Roser


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


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Data

Regional Focus



Microsoft Excel

Solar Power Generation

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  • This resource provides students with the opportunity to explore the solar power generation of any country since 1985 through interactive and customizable maps, graphs, and data.
  • Data sources include Ember and BP's Statistical Review of World Energy.
Teaching Tips


  • The map and graphs are easy to use, customizable for various comparisons, and downloadable.
  • The line graph provides the option of logarithmic scale or linear scale.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with log scales, line graphs, maps, and data tables.


  • There could be many uses for this resource in a variety of courses, including cross-curricular connections with math, social studies, and economics classes when working with the data or discussing the economic and societal benefits of building and using renewable energy.
Scientist Notes

The resource underscored electricity generation from solar, measured in Terawatt-hours (TWh) per year from different countries. It is suitable for students to explore and learn about solar energy production capacity of these countries. This resource is recommended for teaching.

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    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-2 Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • Geography 1 (F1): Students understand the geography of the community, Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world, and geographic influences on life in the past, present, and future by using the geographic grid and a variety of types of maps, including digital sources, to locate and access relevant geographic information that reflects multiple perspectives.
      • Geography 1 (D3): Students understand the geography of the United States and various regions of the world and the effect of geographic influences on decisions about the present and future by describing the major regions of the Earth and their major physical, environmental, and cultural features using a variety of geographic tools, including digital tools and resources.
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