As a result of a 450% increase in its production of solar photovaic cells, Malaysia became the world’s third largest producer in 2009. Malaysia’s output went from 0.16 gigawatts in 2008 to 0.72 gigawatts in 2009. Malaysia’s largest manufacturer is Q-Cells.

According to the 2010 Photovoltaic Status Report, the second largest manufacturing country was Taiwan which doubled production from 0.8 to 1.6 gigawatts. Unsurprisingly, the leading producer was China which also almost doubled its output – from 2.4 to 4.4 gigawatts.

European production increased by just 0.1 gigawatts to 2.0 gigawatts although European countries were the leading installers of solar PV. Germany installed by far the largest capacity with 3.8 gigawatts of new installations, bringing its total installed capacity to 9.8 gigawatts. This was followed by Italy with 0.73 gigawatts of new capacity bringing its total installed to 1.2 gigawatts.