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aquitaine
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aquitaine   6/8/2013 3:15:43 AM
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There is another country that drank the renewable kool-aid and tried to ditch nuclear, Germany. Let's see how well that's worked out: 10+% per year increase in electricity prices, grid instability, dozens of coal fired power plants under construction all for the low price of hundreds of billions of tax money. I hope Japan enjoys huffing coal dust as much as the Germans do, otherwise they'll have to get used to it. The reality is solar has some niche uses but powering the grid is not one of them.

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Bert22306   6/8/2013 1:32:00 AM
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Okay, the second page was definitely essential. I would agree that using nuclear power or fossil fuels to generate electricity imposes costs that are not always reflected in the price. Still, though, the point the article seems to be making is that government subsidies can cause market distortions to the point that non-competitive solutions win out. Is that surprising? As an aside, I think that commercial PV generation ultimately will make more sense than individual small systems. Mainly because, your average joe has a way of letting such (still) non-essential systems degrade, once the newness and excitement has worn off. "I'm tired of having to hose down those panels," for example. Or, "Gee I didn't know it was going to cost so much to fix them or replace them," when things go not as planned. Spent solar panels also create recycling costs, apparently.

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junko.yoshida   6/7/2013 10:28:45 PM
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Bert, you are correct. But there is also more to the story -- which I tried to explain on the following page. However, I need to apologize that somehow the second page of this story disappeared on me from this site. I just restored the second page. Please read on. Thanks!

Bert22306
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Bert22306   6/7/2013 9:18:12 PM
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"Fast forward 30 years. What’s the real driving force behind such a surge in solar power generation in Japan today?" Pretty clearly, it's the Fukushima disaster, right?

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chanj0   6/7/2013 6:31:27 PM
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The Fukushima incident on March 11, 2011 might have been a wakeup call to Japan that a natural disaster hitting a major nuclear power plant might be able to wiped out a country. Energy will continue to be the driving force of the economy. Generally speaking, people are cautious of fossil fuel. Nuclear seemed to be the logic next step and it actually has be one of the major energy sources to various country including France, Japan and China. Nuclear can be dangerous and will slowly fade away. What's next? Here we are - Solar. In addition, Japan has to find a way to boost the economy. Solar panel installers seem to be a logic move to fill the gap because of the lost of manufacturing segment.

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EVVJSK0   6/7/2013 6:20:04 PM
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PVs are a good start, but it would seem to me that another good line that has made a little progress, but not enough is the ability to turn the Sun's heat into energy. Making energy from heat MAY be significantly more efficient that purely capturing the electrical capability of Photovoltaics. Using the energy capture from heat (say in an extremely hot attic in summer), and using that heat energy to cool the house would provide a solution to many problems as Global Warming continues. A hybrid material (that could do PV and capture some wasted heat energy) would be even more efficient.

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