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Japan’s richest man comes out swinging for solar
Posted (greenblueredblack) on 15-06-2011

Japan’s Richest Man Challenges Nuclear Future
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-14/japan-s-richest-man-challenges-nuclear-future-with-nationwide-solar-plans.html

Masayoshi Son, CEO of Japan’s Softbank, has declared his intention to build 200 MW in total solar electric capacity with plants in at least 33 of Japan’s 47 perfectures if he can get agreements from Japanes utilities to buy his electricity. Shockingly, Japan has less than 20 megawatts of installed solar capacity installed today in spite of it being a leading manufacturer of solar cells. Japan is far behind the United States and Europe in the opening of its electric grid and the restructuring of regional electric utility monopolies.  Son might be able to galvanize a real move toward a non-nuclear future for Japan.

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