30 May '11, 9pm

Japan Considering Plan to Require Solar Panels on All New Buildings #news

While I like the emphasis on "safe and self sustaining" energy creation or conversion, I think they need to modify the proposed rule somewhat. I t's great that they want to encourage independence and eco responsibility via solar panels but what about other renewable energy sources? But what about wind? What about geothermal? What about sand bag building or other high heat shielding structural implementation. In some locations these may make better sense then a symbolic solar panel...why not require so many MW of clean, safe energy production per living unit instead of mandating solar. I think it could lead to more creativity and diversity and sensibility to approach the challenge using the metaphor of macrobiotics instead of one size fits all.

Full article: http://ecogeek.org/component/content/article/3507

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