Panel proposes cutting solar tariff by as much as 16%

Feb 24, 2015

Panel proposes cutting solar tariff by as much as 16%

The government is considering reducing incentives for developers of solar power projects by as much as 16 percent to reflect lower operating and maintenance costs. The tariff for applications approved between April 1 and June 30 could be cut to ¥29 per kilowatt hour ...

Feb 11, 2015

World's largest solar farm opens in California

One of the world’s largest solar energy farms has opened in Southern California’s desert, with 160,000 homes now able to power lights and appliances through sunlight converted into electricity, federal officials said on Tuesday. The Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, located in Riverside County about ...

Jan 12, 2015

Solar, nuclear, climate progress possible on Obama India visit

There could be progress on U.S.-India civil nuclear cooperation, solar power and climate change when U.S. President Barack Obama visits India in two weeks, U.S. officials said on Sunday. While stressing there were no guarantees that some of the most vexing economic issues between ...

Jan 8, 2015

Mineral may lead to better, cheaper solar cells

Materials that may be cheaper and more efficient than silicon at converting the sun’s rays into electricity could be key to the next generation of solar power, scientists say. Though years away from being used to commercially produce solar cells, perovskites, named for a ...

More electric-car drivers trading gas for free solar power

Nov 1, 2014

More electric-car drivers trading gas for free solar power

Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight. Solar panels installed on the roof of a home or garage can easily generate enough electricity to power an electric or plug-in gas-electric hybrid vehicle. The ...

Oct 12, 2014

METI tackles revolt over feed-in tariff system

The industry ministry will discuss problems with the feed-in tariff system this week after utilities stopped buying electricity generated by operators of renewable energy sources as required under the subsidy scheme. A Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry working group headed by professor Kazuhiko ...