By Beth Buczynski.


Naysayers have predicted the demise of solar power for years. But despite an unstable global economy, the Solyndra scandal, and the best efforts of Congress to stall renewable energy developmen t, the solar power industry continues to grow.

In fact, solar energy is one of the few job-creating industries to see continued growth over the past two years, which have been bleak for many manufacturing companies.

As the cost of harnessing solar energy continues to fall, advanced technologies and new ways to apply them have kept investors interested.

The infographic below provides an updated snapshot of the solar energy industry, and the 10 countries that are putting it to use. (Click to view larger).

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