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J-PEC to promote using solar power for Okinawa homes

Date Posted: 2011-05-19

The Solar Power Generation Popularization Extension Center (J-PEC) in Okinawa wants to see more solar power generating systems in Okinawa homes to reduce electricity costs.

The J-PEC says “we thought almost all prefecture homes have peaked roofs, but now we find almost all Okinawan homes have flat roofs that make it easy to install large solar panels.” Okinawa has the highest electricity consumption rate in Japan, 21% higher than the national average, making it perfect for using solar power to bring costs down.

Working from subsidy application data bases for 2010, the J-PEC found that Okinawa uses 5.01 kilowatts of power in homes, compared with 4.12 kilowatts in mainland homes. Of 195,054 cases of requests for financial subsidies to pay the costs, Okinawa generated 2,108.

The J-PEC conducted a briefing in Naha City to discuss the support system, proposing they support ¥480,000 per each kilowatt of maximum output of solar system batteries being used. Each system reportedly costs less than ¥600,000 per kilowatt generator.

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