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Top 10 Countries Using Solar Power [Infographic]

Top 10 Countries Using Solar Power [Infographic]

Naysayers have predicted the demise of solar power for years. But despite an unstable global economy, the Solyndra scandal, and the best efforts of Congress to stall renewable energy development, the solar power industry continues to grow.

In fact, solar energy is one of the few job-creating industries to see continued growth over the past two years, which have been bleak for many manufacturing companies.

As the cost of harnessing solar energy continues to fall, advanced technologies and new ways to apply them have kept investors interested.

The infographic below provides an updated snapshot of the solar energy industry, and the 10 countries that are putting it to use. (Click to view larger).

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11:51AM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

What kind of a dreamworld, are the 3% voting, LEANING NO, living in?

1:50AM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

GREED still rules

3:51PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

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3:48PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

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7:13PM PST on Dec 27, 2011

I'm utterly disappointed that Greece, which enjoys glorious sunshine for more than 300 days a year, is nowhere near that list.

To top that, the government has just imposed a new tax on using renewable energy sources (one of the many totally unjust taxes brought about by the economic crisis and the economic strangulation of Germany and the IMF).

Sigh.

7:07PM PST on Dec 27, 2011

I'm utterly disappointed that Greece, which enjoys glorious sunshine for about 300 days per year, is nowhere near that list. To top that, the government has recently imposed a new tax on renewable energy sources.... Sigh.

8:03PM PST on Dec 18, 2011

Hi Beth, Nicly done graphic world chart. -- On-Site Applications for Solar and Wind will give us, the general population, the most immediate benefits and relief from commercialism and the high cost of Energy. Latest Solar Advances from University of Texas Austin: Organic Plastic Pentacene (doubles effeciency) -- MIT's 3D Vertical Structures Solar Cells (50%) more effecient -- Stanfords Electrodes for Solar Energy Storage Capacity. These latest advances look extremely promising for On-Site Applications. Flat Panels are starting to look primitive. Wind Energy -- Japan has a new design called the "WindLens" Turbine about 2 to 3 times more effecient than previous designs. -- http://energyreviewsinfo.com

11:21AM PST on Dec 18, 2011

Yay for Germany, Italy and Spain! Glad the U.S. made the list, though there is clearly room for improvement.

6:12AM PST on Dec 18, 2011

I was surprised that the US made the list at all. I do wish we were doing more though. Thank goodness for California. They lead the way in just about every good regulation and trend our country has when it comes to the environment or limiting our exposure to toxins.

11:45PM PST on Dec 17, 2011

Solar power needs to made more popular and affordable in Asia and Africa, where growth has begun.

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