The sun keeps shining bright: World solar power topped 100,000 megawatts in 2012
AUGUST 6, 2013
Now 30 countries are on that list, which the International Energy Agency (IEA) projects will more than double by 2018. PV semiconductor materials convert the sun’s rays directly into clean, carbon-free electricity. But in a kind of gold rush spurred by easy bank loans and government tax incentives and subsidies, China hurtled past PV technology pioneers the United States (in 2006) and Japan (in 2008).