Thursday, November 02, 2006

Asahi: Natural energy

Subsidies are a great way to help consumers who want to change into more sustainable forms of energy supply, such as sun power. How is Japan doing? Asahi has the latest news in an editorial today about Natural Energy:

For many years, Japan prided itself as being the world's top generator of solar power. But at the end of last year, it lost the title to Germany. In Japan, the purchase price of solar energy is only one-third of Germany's. In addition, government subsidies to households using solar energy, which kept declining year by year, were completely abolished in March. Even though Japanese companies are supplying nearly half of the global demand for solar panels, they lost the support needed to expand the domestic market.

Business Week: Another Dawn For Solar Power: "Tech breakthroughs and high energy prices are rekindling the industry"

Lots of sun power news at Treehugger. Enjoy.

Japan has quietly been a leader in the field of solar energy for 20 years or so, and there has never been a better time for promoting it than now. But: While Japan's government cuts funding, from January 1, 2007, California's new state law will provide $3.2 billion in funding for a million solar roofs over the next ten years: For the solar industry as a whole to continue to expand, it's time to start marketing solar power as an accessible, aesthetically pleasing, and cost-effective product to the average consumer, according to California Senator Kevin Murray.

And San Diego Solar Power Conference just finished its 2006 expo. A carbon neutral event, no less!


Pandabonium said...

As someone planning a solar powered home, I find it perplexing and frustrating that PV panel manufacturers keep working on the amount of power per unit of area. If one is building a satellite, then miniturization is important, but with a house, there is a big roof up there and it really doesn't matter how big the solar array has to be. Cost of solar electricity for homes could be brought way down if stopped working on watts per unit of area and focused instead on cost per watt.

Momo the Wonder Dog said...

Treehugger is cool site. Thanks.