Japan's Power Plan: Solar Panels for All New Buildings

What's your roof done for you lately? If you're in Japan, it just might be collecting the Sun's most useful renewable resource, solar power. Even better, if a plan due to be announced by Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan at the upcoming G8 summit in Deauville, France, is carried out, by 2030 every new house and building in the country will be fitted with solar panels.

According to a report in the Nikkei business daily, fitting solar panels to every new building will be compulsory. The plan is seen to be a bold statement of Japan's resolve to encourage technological innovation and promote the wider use of renewable energy.

The bold plan may also serve to take some heat off Japan, which is still reeling from the effects of the devastating March 11th earthquake and tsunami which crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Though Kan is expected to restate Japan's commitment to nuclear energy, he will also announce stepped up efforts to promote the use of renewable energy. By requiring all new buildings to install rooftop solar panels, Japan could go a long way towards realizing the ultimate goal of conserving power through the exploitation of renewable, environmentally friendly resources.

Kan also hopes that by encouraging technological innovation in the field of alternative energy, the cost of solar power generation will be drastically reduced over time and the use of renewable energy will therefore become more widespread. Now that's a bright idea if you ask me! (via Physorg, images via Brighthub and Buildaroo, with thanks to T Goodman for the tip)