The 2010 campaign for the European Solar Days is happening now. I want to use this occasion to present two graphics of which one shows the potential for photovoltaic solar power in Europe and the actual production of energy from solar power. Not sure if these are perfectly comparable since the map on use of solar power might include thermal solar power as well.
However, it is striking that Germany is leading in this field although it is not really spoiled by the sun compared to the mediterranean countries. Political will and support from the government seem to speed up the transition towards a sustainable energy network. See article on feed-in tariffs in Germany. Could this be an example for other countries?
Click here to see an interactive map of actual energy primary production from solar power (data from 2007).