Apr 18, 2014

Sharp to build solar complex within hot zone

Sharp Corp. said it will build a large 2,200-kw solar power plant in the town of Tomioka, which is within an evacuation advisory area around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. Under an agreement with the town, Sharp plans to begin construction in ...

Mar 30, 2014

Solar plant in Kochi trumps nuclear waste plan

A large solar power plant has come online at a site in Kochi Prefecture where a town planned to build a disposal facility for high-level radioactive waste. The move is partly designed to improve the image of the port town of Toyo, which has ...

Wind power on verge of taking off

Feb 26, 2014

Wind power on verge of taking off

by Kazuaki Nagata

Japan hasn’t seen an appreciable increase in wind power in the past few years despite the start of the feed-in tariff system designed to boost renewable energy, but it still has potential and the market will grow in the next several years. That appears ...

Energy rivals to face eased demand

Dec 31, 2013

Energy rivals to face eased demand

by Eric Johnston

Even as new renewable energy projects come online and changes in the law designed to increase competition and use power generated from all sources more efficiently start to come into effect this year, predictions for the nation’s energy landscape show total energy consumption slightly ...

Solar plane pilots eye globe, pitch Japan stop

Aug 20, 2013

Solar plane pilots eye globe, pitch Japan stop

by Seana K. Magee

Two Swiss pilots wowed a New York audience recently as they described their first cross-country flight and 2015 vision of circling the globe — with a possible stopover in Japan — on nothing but energy from the sun. Fresh off their successful two-month, 5,650-km ...

Jun 20, 2013

When the sun doesn't shine, who should pay?

It’s a sight that would bring joy to anyone who has ever paid an electric bill: that little wheel on the meter outside your home literally spinning backward, signaling a reduction in your payment and the distribution of excess electricity to your neighbors. Yes, ...

Jun 6, 2013

EU imposes import duties on Chinese solar panels

The European Commission on Tuesday imposed anti-dumping duties on imports of Chinese solar panels, defying German-led opposition and dire warnings from Beijing the move could spark a trade war. “Today, the European Commission has decided unanimously to impose (punitive) tariffs” on Chinese solar panels, ...

EU to impose duties on Chinese solar panels

Jun 5, 2013

EU to impose duties on Chinese solar panels

The European Commission on Tuesday imposed anti-dumping duties on imports of Chinese solar panels, defying German-led opposition and dire warnings from Beijing the move could spark a trade war. “Today, the European Commission has decided unanimously to impose (punitive) tariffs” on Chinese solar panels, ...

Jun 5, 2013

Japan soon to be largest solar market

Japan is set to overtake Germany as the world’s largest solar market by annual installations this year as government incentives to encourage clean energy in light of the Fukushima nuclear crisis attract investment. Developers may install 6.9 gigawatts to 9.4 gigawatts of solar in ...

Feb 19, 2013

Financial firms turn to solar power to generate earnings

Financial institutions are turning to solar power generation as a new earnings source amid an economic slump that is putting off borrowers. “We’re now in a position to promote the (photovoltaic generation) projects aggressively,” said a Tokio Marine Asset Management Co. official, referring to ...