Due in part to the green movement, in part to worries over the future of oil, in part due to (never-ending) unrest in the Middle East, solar is the darling of alternative power. That’s also due in part to the fact that the sun is always there in the sky, even when we can’t see it.
Even so, the disparity between the countries on the list is pretty amazing — No. 1 Germany, where solar installations account for 43 percent of the world’s capacity, has the ability to produce 17,193 megawatts, while No. 2 Spain has just 10 percent of the world’s capacity, at 3,784 megawatts.
Still, the entire rest of the world outside the top 10 accounts for just 9 percent of installed solar capacity around the globe.