Sun setting on Japan's solar energy boom

Nov 30, 2016

Sun setting on Japan's solar energy boom

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The sun is setting on Japan’s clean-energy boom, despite projects like a massive floating solar farm near Tokyo, as the government cuts subsidies and bets on nuclear and coal-fired power, critics say. Workers at the floating power station, one of the world’s biggest, have ...

Google Earth images shed light on where solar rooftops make sense

Oct 27, 2016

Google Earth images shed light on where solar rooftops make sense

During his free time on the job as a Google employee, Carl Elkin began tinkering with the company’s 3-D mapping program, wondering if it could identify rooftops that receive enough sunlight to make installing solar panels worthwhile. When the U.S.-based engineer showed a handful ...

Oct 15, 2016

Cost of pulling plug on reactors

The government is thinking about ways to protect major electricity suppliers from the massive costs they face to decommission their nuclear reactors.

Hurdles mar Japan's renewable energy equation

Jul 22, 2016

Hurdles mar Japan's renewable energy equation

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At Yamakura Dam, 45 km southeast of Tokyo, construction workers are screwing together a 51,000-piece jigsaw puzzle of floating solar panels. When completed, it will be one of the world’s largest floating solar projects. Roughly 30 percent of the work on the project in ...

Globe-traveling solar-powered airplane lands in New York City

Jun 11, 2016

Globe-traveling solar-powered airplane lands in New York City

A solar-powered airplane has landed in New York City on the latest leg of its globe-circling voyage. The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 soared over the Statue of Liberty and flew into New York City, before landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport early Saturday ...

Solar Impulse 2 plane lands in Ohio after flight from Oklahoma

May 22, 2016

Solar Impulse 2 plane lands in Ohio after flight from Oklahoma

A solar-powered airplane has touched down in the Ohio hometown of two of America’s most well-known aviation pioneers on the latest leg of its around-the-world journey. The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 landed late Saturday in Dayton, Ohio, where inventors Wilbur and Orville Wright grew ...