Ivor O’Connor

December 25, 2008

Japan’s New Solar Initiative.

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 8:06 pm

It’s hard to believe they are offering close to 100 million dollars over the course of the next three months for an island smaller than California. (Japan’s size is 145,840 square mile where as California is 155,959. America’s total land is 3,537,438 square miles.) Then realize the sunlight and land area is better in California for solar power. If this 100 million over 145,840 square miles in Japan were extrapolated to cover America it would be the equivalent of a 36 billion dollar solar initiative over Obama’s first term. Our future economy looks horrible considering countries like Japan and Germany are aggressively already pushing the envelope while America does next to nothing. If Japan, Germany, and China have all the patents America will be reduced to a consumer nation where we should actually be initiating this research so we can mass market our results to the rest of the world…

It’s not like we can’t afford 36 billion. In today’s world where Bush’s secret funding over 8 years is costing us ten to fifteen trillion 36 billion is chump change. Yet it’s much more than the few million we have currently allocated to solar power.

http://www.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUSTRE4BN1U820081224?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan plans to bring back subsidies for solar panel equipment from January, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said on Wednesday, as the world’s fifth-biggest emitter struggles to cut its greenhouse gas emissions.

METI said the government would offer 9 billion yen ($99.6 million) in the first quarter of 2009 and possibly more in the fiscal year starting next April to foster use of solar panel equipment in homes.

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