Dec 23, 2014

¥300 billion allocated for energy projects

The government plans to spend ¥300 billion promoting renewable energy and helping small businesses cope with pricier fuel bills, according to informed sources. The package will be adopted at a Cabinet meeting Saturday. It is expected to include a program promoting the development of ...

Taiwan urges Japan to cooperate more on solar power technology

Oct 30, 2014

Taiwan urges Japan to cooperate more on solar power technology

Taiwan hopes Japanese businesses will aggressively invest in Taiwanese solar power stations, Vice Premier Mao Chi-kuo said in a recent interview. Noting that Taiwanese firms have already built solar power facilities in Japan, Mao said Japanese investment in such plants in Taiwan would be ...

Power play: the debate over renewable energy

Aug 16, 2014

Power play: the debate over renewable energy

by Eric Johnston

On Aug. 26, 2011, the same day that Prime Minister Naoto Kan resigned after widespread criticism of his handling of the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant that followed the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, the Diet ...

Apr 30, 2014

SoftBank mulls wind power plant investment off Ibaraki

SoftBank Corp. is considering investing in an offshore wind power plant project, further expanding its renewable energy business, sources said Wednesday. A SoftBank subsidiary, SB Energy Corp., is in talks to acquire a minority share of Wind Power Energy, the developer of a 90-megawatt ...

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 ...