You might be surprised, but the number #1 country using solar energy is not a desert nation, or even one with a lot of sunny days. It’s Germany.
The solar industry is driven by two forces: solar energy incentives and electricity prices. Without both, nothing is possible. But countries like Germany show how quickly you can grow an industry when the right incentives are put in place.
*Figures as of the end of 2009 via the European Photovoltaic Industry Association [PDF]