Global installed PV capacity surpassed 101 GW in 2012, according to data published by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA). Between 30 and 32 GW was connected to the grid and made operational globally in 2012, roughly the same amount added in 2011- a boom year. In 2012, the top three European PV markets were Germany (7.6 GW), Italy (3.3 GW) and France (1.2 GW). Outside of Europe, the top three markets in 2012 were China (between 3.5 and 4.5 GW), the US (3.2 GW) and Japan (2.5 GW). EPIA will publish the final figures for 2012 in May. Germany and Italy remain the largest solar markets by far in terms of Total Installed Capacity. At the end of 2012, Germany had 32.4 GW of installed PV power and Italy had approximately 16.2 GW.
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According to the head of Duke Energy Corp.'s renewable-energy development unit, the U.S. will add more solar power in 2013 than wind energy for the first time. The U.S. added 13.1 gigawatts of wind power last year, beating natural gas for the first time. The U.S. installed about 3.2 gigawatts of solar power last year and may reach 3.9 gigawatts this year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
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