JAPAN | 17 prefectures leaning toward solar

Posted on June 19, 2011


JAPAN | JAPAN TIMES | Monday, June 20, 2011

Yokohama — Seventeen of the 47 prefectures have decided to promote solar power or are thinking of enhancing programs that already do so in light of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, a survey said Sunday.

The survey, which was conducted from late May to early June and drew responses from all 47 prefectures, found that 36 already had programs for promoting solar power, such as subsidies for installation costs, before the March 11 earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

Of the 36, 16 have decided or are thinking about enhancing their programs, while the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which ended its subsidy program in March, has decided to create a similar program for homes. In Kanagawa Prefecture, for example, a system that would allow residents to install solar panels for free is being weighed by a group launched in May in line with Gov. Yuji Kuroiwa’s election pledge to have solar panels installed at 2 million homes.

Of the 45 prefectures that have installed solar power panels at schools and other public facilities at their own expense, 12 are considering increasing the number of installations

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