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The sun keeps shining bright: World solar power topped 100,000 megawatts in 2012

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The world installed 31,100 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) in 2012—an all-time annual high that pushed global PV capacity above 100,000 megawatts. In 2006, only a handful of countries could boast solar capacity of 100 megawatts or more. PV semiconductor materials convert the sun’s rays directly into clean, carbon-free electricity. Traditional solar cells—made of crystalline silicon—are combined into flat panels or “modules.”