12 Aug '11, 6pm

Japan's Solar Surge Continues (Video)

With Japan's internet business giants pursuing renewable energy , its "sunrise plan" pushing for solar on all new buildings , and Tokyo's residents cutting energy use 15%, it's fair to say that the Fukushima disaster may turn out to be a true teaching moment. Here's a short report from CNN about Japan's new found enthusiasm for solar, and how a crisis may indeed be an opportunity to build something better. Visiting Solar Frontier 's thin-film manufacturing plant in western Japan—which opened earlier this year and which, according to Renewable Energy World, is the largest thin-film manufacturing plant in the world —we hear that a push for cleaner, nuclear-free energy and a continued drop in solar manufacturing costs and environmental impacts is driving increased demand in Japan. Given the precarious state of the Japanese economy, it would be wrong to suggest that a clean en...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/08/japans-solar-surg...

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