Solar Boom Heads to Japan – Incentives starting July 1st to drive sales

Japan is poised to overtake Germany and Italy to become the world’s second-biggest market for solar power as incentives starting July 1 drive sales for equipment makers from Yingli Green Energy Holdings Co. to Kyocera Corp.

Industry Minister Yukio Edano today may set a premium price for solar electricity that’s about triple what industrial users now pay for conventional power, a ministry official said. That may spur at least $9.6 billion in new installations with 3.2 gigawatts of capacity, Bloomberg New Energy Finance forecast. The total is about equal to the output of three atomic reactors.

“The tariff is very attractive,” said Mina Sekiguchi, associate partner and head of energy and infrastructure at KPMG in Japan. “The rate reflects the government’s intention to set up many solar power stations very quickly.”

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Japan considers compulsory plan to put solar panels on all new buildings

Japan is considering a plan that would make it compulsory for all new buildings and houses to come fitted with solar panels by 2030, a business daily said Sunday.

The plan, expected to be unveiled at the upcoming G8 Summit in France, aims to show Japan’s resolve to encourage technological innovation and promote the wider use of renewable energy, the Nikkei daily said.

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Japan’s solar cell market tripled in 2009

Japan’s solar cell market more than tripled in the year to March, as government incentives spurred households to purchase the eco-friendly technology, industry data showed Tuesday.

Shipments of solar cells and modules in Japan rose 263 percent from the previous financial year, the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association said.

Nearly 90 percent of the shipments were for household use, due to government cash subsidies and tax incentives for homeowners to install the greener technology.

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Susumu Hirasawa the Eccentric

Susumu Hirasawa is a very eccentric and interesting techno musician, who’s always looked for new challenges in his music.

If you have seen Satoshi Kon’s animation films like “Paprika”, “Millennium actress”, or “Paranoia agent”, you must have heard Hirasawa’s songs. The harmony of his high voice and the chorus of “Vocaloids” (a kind of virtual vocalist) are awesome and addictive.

Also, you see a lot of experimental performance in his music videos, too.

The scene where he is riding on his precious Recumbent in “Ride the Blue Limbo” is my favorite one.
Susumu Hirasawa came out as a member of P-model in 1979, and started solo work in 1989.

He also has focused his energy on clean energy, especially solar energy. In his project “Hirasawa energy work” in 2001, he used only solar energy. The result was his music album “Solar Ray”. He is still uses solar energy in his private home.

Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten any chance to go to his concerts, yet.

His live shows are interactive and resonate with the audience’s minds. At some points in the shows, with 3DCG images he himself created on the screen, he makes the audience in the hall and through the internet make choices of how the direction of the live show should go. Sometimes the ending is good and sometimes it is not. So, we can feel that we are part of the show.

Next time he gives a show, I hope I will be able to experiment in his imaginative world.

Get the movies and soundtracks:

Paprika: DVD, CD

Paranoia Agent: DVD, CD

Paprika Opening

Paranoia Agent Opening

Sekai Turbine (1990)

Fu-ru-he-he (1982)

Solar Ray (2001)

Ride the Blue Limbo (2002)