Which country generates the largest amount of electricity from solar energy in the world?

Grade level: 5th – 6th grades

Skills: Decimals, Addition & Subtractions & Median

Related environmental issues: Energy

We have used power from the sun in two ways – as a heat source and as an energy source. Today, we use solar energy to heat water and air in our homes by using solar collectors. We also use solar energy to make electricity by using solar panels. The table below shows the 5 countries that generate the largest amount of electricity from solar energy in the world.  

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  1. Which country generates the largest amount of electricity from solar energy in the world?

  2. Which country generates electricity from solar energy 0.3 gigawatts more than United States?
  3. How much more electricity does China generate than Japan?
  4. Find the median of the 5 numbers.

Source: REN 21, Renewables 2016 Global Status Report

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Answer keys

1.  Germany

2. Italy

3. 4.9 gigawatts (28.3 – 23.4 = 4.9)

2. 23.4