Science Energy Japan's 'Sunrise Plan' Could Require Solar Panels on All New Buildings by 2030 By Michael Graham Richard Writer University of Ottawa Michael Graham Richard is a writer from Ottawa, Ontario. He worked for Treehugger for 11 years, covering science, technology, and transportation. our editorial process Twitter Twitter Michael Graham Richard Updated October 11, 2018 Migrated Image / Dominic Alves / Flickr Share Twitter Pinterest Email Energy Renewable Energy Fossil Fuels The sun's rising... and solar panels are there to catch it in Japan. Nuclear power isn't exactly popular right now in Japan, so the government is looking at other sources of power to secure the country's future energy needs. A new initiative called the "Sunrise Plan", which isn't yet in force but should be announced this week at the G8 in France could help the land of the rising sun turn toward solar energy for more of its electricity. James Cridland / Flickr Prime Minister Naoto Kan is considering a plan to require all new buildings in Japan to install solar paneling by 2030. The plan, which would cover all new homes and commercial buildings, is expected to be announced at the end of the week at the two-day G8 summit in France. (source) This could help Japan regain the solar leadership that it lost to Europe some years ago, and it could eventually lead to cheaper solar panels through economies of scale (at first it could drive prices up, but the industry should react by increasing production capacity). This wouldn't solve Japan's energy problems as long as there isn't a way to efficiently store all that solar power, but it would certainly help increase clean energy production. And who knows, maybe by 2030 solar panels will be cheap enough $/watt that Japan won't be alone in deploying it on new construction.