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Top Countries Across The Globe Using Solar Energy

Nations and countries across the globe are constantly looking to produce more viable sources of electricity. Solar power remains, after hydro and wind, the third most important renewable energy source in terms of globally installed capacity. Nations are very much aware of the damage that generating power can do, with many taking the lead in producing clean energy which is cheap and virtually endless.

To showcase just a few of the countries that are having the most impact on this growing industry, we have put together our list of the top countries using solar energy. 

South Africa 

One of the leaders in solar power is South Africa, a country which receives many more hours of bright sunshine during the course of the year than any other continent of the Earth. The nation has committed to an energy generation infrastructure development plan for 2010 to 2030, which is known as the Integrated Resource Plan. It showcases the country’s desire to achieve 9600 MW of solar power capacity by 2030, proving how they are particularly quick in turning to solar power as an energy alternative.

Here at Phelan Energy, we have been contributing significantly to the increase of solar energy interest in South Africa. The R4.8bn De Aar solar PV complex is impressive, covering about 540ha and harnessing 600,000 PV reflectors.


Asia has always been heavily invested in the solar energy industry, with many of the top generators across the globe coming from this continent. China especially is known as being the world’s largest installer for both photovoltaics and solar thermal energy plants. They also have a huge and rapidly developing population, which means they are constantly looking to increase the proportion of renewable energy in its power mix.


Solar power in India is a fast developing industry, being one of the countries in the country with the largest production of energy from renewable sources. In the last five years, they have expanded its solar-generation capacity 8 times in the last five years. When this type of technology is ultilised in countries like India, its simplicity means that it is ideal for use in rural or difficultly accessed areas isolated from the network. 

The nation has already overtaken the US and becoming the second-largest solar power market in the world, continuing to solar power projects in Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra. As an example, Phelan Energy completed its latest project in Rajasthan, having a huge long-term impact on the energy industry in this region of the globe. 


In recent years, it has become clear that this nation is looking to diversify its energy mix and renewable energy portfolio. Over a 10-year period between 2020 and 2030, the country has had a particular focus on cost efficiency and effectiveness in terms of energy consumption. 

The Phelan Energy Group headquarters is situated in Dublin, as well as offices in Cape Town, New Delhi, Buenos Aires, Amman, Dhaka and Sydney. 

About Phelan Energy

We are extremely focused on cutting-edge technology, efficient design and project management, together with a proprietary cost to power financial model, whilst at the same time delivering high-quality long-term plant performance. We are a world leader in low-cost solar energy development with an exclusive focus on utility-scale Solar PV, having invested and executed over €3 billion of solar Power Sales Agreements with major government-owned power utilities in the past 5 years.

If you would like to have a chat with a member of our team – give us a call on +353 1 669 4680. Alternatively, send an email to and someone will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss how we can best meet your requirements.



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