19 Sep '12, 12pm

The Reign of Residential PV in Japan

The Reign of Residential PV in Japan

It is worth noting that black backsheets and triangular panels are often used as differentiators. The sales and distribution channels in Japan are unique and relatively complicated and inefficient compared to European or American markets. Until very recently, there have been very few solar specialists in Japan, and one of the main sales channels has been through home builders. Compare this to the United States or Germany, where the vast majority of residential systems are installed by companies that specialize in solar installations. Many home builders integrate solar systems into the home during construction. In these cases, PV system costs are wrapped into the home mortgage. ‘Eco’ homes are now very popular, especially since the Fukushima disaster and resulting electricity shortages. Sales of home energy management systems (HEMS) and battery storage systems alongside sol...

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