--FILE-- Chinese factory workers manufacture solar power panels at a plant in Nantong, east Chinas Jiangsu province, January 5, 2010. The focus of
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--FILE-- Chinese factory workers manufacture solar power panels at a plant in Nantong, east Chinas Jiangsu province, January 5, 2010. The focus of solar farm developments is shifting and North America and the Asia-Pacific are set to surpass Europe - the traditional front runner of clean energy adoption - as the areas of fastest-growing solar power installations. According to a Merrill Lynch report, China, India, Japan and South Korea are together projected to have 6, 300 megawatts (MW) of solar panel installations by 2012, up almost tenfold from 650 MW last year. China alone is forecast to show 20-fold growth in installations to 4, 000 MW, while the US and Canada are projected to see their combined solar panel installations surge eightfold to 4, 400 MW from 550 MW.