Japan's Solar Surge Continues (Video)


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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 energy revolution is a foregone conclusion in Japan. But as I have argued before, the stories we tell ourselves matter. If Japan can seize the impetus of the recent tragedies, and use it to create a new narrative, and a new collective identity, around building a better, safer and more innovative future, it could be a truly powerful meme with lasting positive consequences for the world.

More on Energy and Renewables in Japan
Japan's Business Giants Clash Over Solar. Everybody Wins.
Japan's Sunrise Plan May Require Solar on All New Buildings By 2030
Tokyo Citizens Cut Energy 15%

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