Sharp pushes for Solar Panels in Japan

A few months ago I wrote about Japan’s push for solar panels by the year 2030. I felt that it wasn’t enough and that it wasn’t soon enough. Sharp, one of Japan’s largest electronics companies, and the largest solar manufacture is on the forefront of Japan new considerations for energy.

After the recent (and still ongoing) nuclear power plant crisis in Japan, Japan is rethinking it’s energy policies. The main push is currently to reduce power usage, putting a strain on large electronic companies such as Sharp. However, they also stand to gain because they are the largest producer of solar panels. Though according to the latest article in the Wall Street Journal, Sharp seems to be hesitant on which road they would like to take.

A push for solar panels and more efficient energy would help them sell more solar panels, but solar panels do not have a high return for Sharp, and the policy changes may cause companies like Sharp ┬áto pay more for their energy usage (shouldn’t be a problem if Sharp was using more solar power).

Having lived in Japan for some time now, I can say that Japan does not adapt to change easy and big policy changes are always met with a lot of resistance. Can Japan push into a green energy country? As much as I would like to say “yes”, I have my doubts.

 

Solar Panels Increase the Value of Homes

One more reason to take a look at the solar panels for sale right now. Solar Panels increase the value when selling a house. According to a study in the New York times, houses with a relatively new solar panel system were seeing premium prices over other comparable houses of about $17,000. People who have added solar panels to a house already standing (not installed when the house was built) have seen premiums of nearly three times that amount.

So what does it mean? Well, one of the arguments against solar panels has always been that it takes time to get your investment back. And that if you sell your home before that time, you will lose that investment. However, now that solar panel homes are receiving a premium price, this just isn’t the case any more.

Also, this study was done from 2001-2009. Since then, a lot of companies have entered the solar panel market and there are more solar panels for sale. There are more types and the prices are coming down in general.

So, premium prices for homes with solar panels, more solar panels for sale, lowering solar panel prices, increases in costs of energy from the energy company, and the ability to sell unused energy to the power companies means it is getting easier and easier to get your initial investment back.

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Small Solar Panels: Powering More Than Your Home

As the number of solar panels for sale increase we are seeing more and more uses and applications. Solar panels are being made smaller and smaller and out of different kinds of materials. Now when we hear the word solar panels, we generally tend to think of large panels providing solar panel electricity to our home. However, there are a lot of other applications for solar panels.

Since solar panels have gotten more efficient, small solar panels can be used to provide power where large solar panels wouldn’t fit. They have also become cheaper.

In particular, today I want to talk about batteries. Especially batteries that aren’t used often and lose their charge. Do you have a weekend car that you only drive during good weather, a boat for the lake, or an RV that you take out every once and a while. And when you finally get that perfect whether, you try to start it up and find out that your battery has no charge. Not a good way to start your day.

Luckily, there is a green solution. Now you can have a trickle charger that keeps your battery charged using solar power. You don’t ever have to worry about finding a dead battery again. You also don’t have to worry about using any electricity. As long as there is sun, then your battery is being charged.