Solar Energy – Japan The Japanese Government announced a very lucrative subsidy scheme for solar energy in Japan following the Fukushima disaster. Note Japan gets only 2% of its energy requirements from green energy compared to around 20% for Germany. Though Japanese solar panels used to be the world leaders till 2007, lack of government […]

Sharp Solar Panels There have been hundreds of solar bankruptcies in the last couple of years as solar panel prices have gone down by almost 65% and ASPs have approached the COGs of the lowest cost solar panel manufacturers. However the big Japanese solar panel manufacturers have remained insulated from this wave of failures as […]

Japan Entering the Japanese market is notoriously hard for foreign companies as they run into major implicit and explicit barriers. Like the Chinese, the Japanese have made it an art to keep out foreign companies in order to boost their local manufacturers. The solar panel market is no different from other markets like electronics, mobile […]

Japanese Solar Inverters While Japanese solar panel companies are sweating due to cheap Asian solar panel imports, the solar inverter companies in Japan are facing the happy problem of supply shortages. The reason is that the Japan requires that PV inverters be certified by Japan Electrical Safety & Environment Technology Laboratories (JET). Most of the […]

Nuclear Energy Massive protests in Germany post Fukushima had forced the German Government to shut down all its nuclear energy reactors and focus on green energy. Other countries like Switzerland, Belgium too decided that the disadvantages of nuclear energy were just too great compared to the advantages of nuclear power. However Japan, which is the […]

Japan The country has set a very lucrative solar Feed in Tariff which can give an IRR of over 30% to solar power plant developers. This has led to great excitement amongst top solar panel manufacturers who are facing massive competition in other markets. The prices of solar panels has crashed by more than 50% […]