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Demands for Solar Cells Skyrocket in Japan

A recent survey conducted by the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association shows that Japan is turning increasingly to solar.  During the period of April to June 2009 Japan produced  83,260 kilowatts through solar power.  To put this record in context, this is an 82.5 percent increase of power produced by solar cells compared to the same quarter last year.

The Japanese family is the largest adopter of this new technology, with over 90 percent of the solar cells shipped during the quarter were for individual household use. This adds up to an increase of over 20,000 homes producing solar power compared to the same quarter last year.

The huge increase comes from public concern over global warming and government promotion.  According to PhysOrg, "The Democratic Party of Japan, which will take over government in mid-September, plans to initiate a system to enable power companies to buy electricity produced by households, raising hopes that the new program will serve as an incentive for solar cell purchases."

If more government support comes then the only real limitation for solar power will be the availability of resources for their production.  Let's hope new research alleviates this problem.

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