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3.3% of global electricity is generated from Solar

What is Solar?

Solar power is the conversion of energy from sunlight into electricity. This can be done directly using the photovoltaic effect or indirectly using concentrated solar power.


Is Solar a low-carbon energy source?

Yes, due to its relatively low lifecycle emissions, Solar is considered to be a low-carbon energy source.

The median estimate of lifecycle emissions from Solar is 45 gCO2eq / kWh. This is based on the Technology-specific Cost and Performance Parameters report from the IPCC.

Wind11 gCO2eq / kWhLow-carbon
Nuclear12 gCO2eq / kWhLow-carbon
Hydropower24 gCO2eq / kWhLow-carbon
Geothermal38 gCO2eq / kWhLow-carbon
Solar45 gCO2eq / kWhLow-carbon
Biofuels230 gCO2eq / kWhLow-carbon
Gas490 gCO2eq / kWhHigh-carbon / fossil fuel
Oil650 gCO2eq / kWhHigh-carbon / fossil fuel
Coal820 gCO2eq / kWhHigh-carbon / fossil fuel

Solar compared to other low-carbon energy electricity sources

Most significant producers of electricity from Solar

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Significant changes of low-carbon power due to Solar

Region Years Change
Puerto Rico 2017 → 2019 2.1 → 23.8%
Cook Islands 2012 → 2018 0.3 → 25.7%
Senegal 2001 → 2003 3.3 → 18.3%
Kiribati 2013 → 2016 3.2 → 16.2%
Chile 2013 → 2020 35.7 → 48.7%