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Hannah Ritchie, Max Roser


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


Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Mathematics, Climate Action

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Data

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.


This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.3.9-12 Use geographic data to analyze variations in the spatial patterns of cultural and environmental characteristics at multiple scales.
  • Common Core Math Standards (CCSS.MATH)
    • Statistics & Probability: Making Inferences & Justifying Conclusions (9-12)
      • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSS.IC.B.6 Evaluate reports based on data.
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