India Emerges as a Top Global Solar Generator, Leaps Ahead of Japan in Global Solar Power Race

The amount of solar power generated worldwide in 2023 was more than six times that of 2015, with India seeing a seventeen-fold growth in the same time frame

Preeti Anand
New Update


India's incredible rise from ninth rank in 2015 to the prestigious title of the third-largest solar power generator globally by 2023 is evidence of the country's outstanding progress in renewable energy. According to the prestigious international energy think tank Ember, this considerable accomplishment represents a turning point in India's progress towards energy independence and sustainable development. Overcoming strong competitors like Japan in the process, India's rise to fame as a global leader in solar energy highlights its dedication to solving climate change and promoting clean, renewable energy sources. This accomplishment confirms the transformative potential of renewable energy to boost economic growth, lessen environmental degradation, and promote a more sustainable future for the coming generations. It also marks a shift in the global energy landscape and is an example of inspiration for nations worldwide.


The Global Electricity Review 2024

The Global Electricity Review 2024, which draws on data from individual nations, was released on Wednesday and thoroughly analyses the world power environment in 2023. This review is accompanied by the world's first publicly available dataset on power generation in 2023, which covers 80 countries accounting for 92% of the world's electricity demand, and historical data from 215 countries. India moved up to become the third-largest solar power generator in the world in 2023, surpassing Japan thanks to its development in solar generation. From coming in ninth place in 2015, it has improved," the report stated.

Significant progress made in India


2023 was a critical year for solar energy as it reached a significant milestone, securing its place as a major force in the world energy market. Solar energy has become an essential element of the worldwide energy mix, contributing an astonishing 5.5% of global production. This indicates a significant move towards renewable and sustainable power sources. Major progress was made in India, where solar energy now provides 5.8% of the country's electricity. This remarkable achievement is a testament to India's continuous dedication to utilising the solar power. This accomplishment demonstrates the quick development and use of solar energy technologies and emphasises India's crucial leadership in driving the world's shift to cleaner, greener energy sources. The expansion of solar energy is a sign of confidence for a more solid and sustainable global energy system, as countries realise the urgency of cutting carbon emissions and addressing climate change.

India added 18 Terawatt hours (TWh) to its capacity in 2023, making it the country with the fourth-largest solar generation spike in the world, behind China (+156 TWh), the United States (+33 TWh), and Brazil (+22 TWh). Together, these top four nations accounted for 75% of the growth in solar power worldwide that year.

Solar energy has been expanding at a rapid pace. The amount of solar power generated worldwide in 2023 was more than six times that of 2015, with India seeing a seventeen-fold growth in the same time frame. India grew their percentage of solar power generation from 5.8% in 2023 to 0.5% in 2015. India is one of the few countries pledged to triple its renewable capacity by 2030. According to Ember's study, India will need to scale up yearly capacity expansions to achieve this ambitious aim.


India's promise to triple its renewable capacity by 2030 demonstrates its commitment to sustainable development and global climate change. India is a strong leader in the worldwide shift towards a cleaner and greener future. Its ambitions for renewable energy demonstrate its proactive approach to preventing environmental degradation and lowering reliance on fossil fuels. India aims to enhance energy security, promote economic growth, and establish a more resilient and sustainable energy environment by using the potential of renewable resources, including solar, wind, and hydroelectric power. The country is setting an excellent example for others to follow as it moves closer to reaching its renewable energy targets, reinforcing the determination of all to create a more sustainable future.