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There've been a bunch of stories lately about solar power installations doubling last year (see related links below) and here's another: The European Photovoltaic Industry Association says that global solar power installations more than doubled in 2010, with 16 gigawatts of new solar PV added. 2009 saw 7.2 GW of new installations.Reuters provides a breakdown of who's installing what:
13 GW of the world's new solar PV was installed in Europe (mostly in Germany and Italy). Outside of that, Japan added about 1 GW, the United States added 0.8 GW, and China added 0.4 GW.
In total, the world's solar PV capacity is about 40 GW, up from 23 GW in 2009.