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Published on December 12th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan


Top 10 Countries for Solar Power (Infographic)

Here’s our fun infographic of the week, on the top 10 countries for solar power, based on installed solar power capacity (CLICK TO ENLARGE IT):

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Most striking stats, to me:

1) 43% of the world’s solar is installed in Germany!

2) 91% of the world’s solar is installed in only 10 countries. Wow,.. and wow.

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  • Joe

    I’m surprised none of the top 10 is from the southern hemisphere.

    • Lukas Palmer

      There isn’t really the population for it. New Zealand, where I live is cloudy or rainy most of the time, so it’s not ideal here and as such we have more wind power.

      Our big brother Australia however, have vast tracts of desert and good sunshine which can easily support gigawatts of power. Same goes for Brazil and South Africa I guess.

      • Ross

        New Zealand is roughly as far south as the US is North and it’s a good bit further south than Germany. So I wouldn’t write off NZ’s solar potential in future. According to EECA solar water heating in NZ is growing at about 30% per annum.

        • Zachary Shahan

          i should take a look at per capita solar in NZ. my guess is that it ain’t doing too bad.

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