Energy / Climate Change

April 27, 2009


Public-Private Partnership to Standardize Solar Systems, Promote Solar-Powered Homes

Keywords: Government Renewable Energy 

Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) released a draft report compiled at the second meeting of the Solar House Promotion Committee on January 30, 2009. According to the report, the committee plans to take the initiative in holding seminars about solar houses and providing advice on photovoltaic (PV) installation at existing show-house locations. Through private-public cooperation, the committee also plans to enhance its public relations activities using a variety of multimedia presentations that can be directly accessed by consumers.

Moreover, in order to further develop and promote PV systems with enhanced design and durability, the committee will conduct a survey of homeowners that already have PV systems, and identify new consumer needs for product price and design. In addition, solar cell manufacturers and housing builders will work together in developing a roof-integrated PV system.

Other initiatives the public-private partnership will promote include standardizing PV modules and system components, designing installation guidelines, and seeking ways to reuse and recycle the pars of the system.

The Solar House Promotion Committee is comprised of representatives from major solar cell manufacturers and housing builders, as well as METI and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). Its objective is to promote household use of PV systems, as prescribed in the action plan for solar power generation. For more about the action plan, see the JFS article below.

- Japanese Government Adopts Action Plan Emphasizing Solar Power Generation (Related JFS article)
Study Group on PV System Industry Strategy releases a report

Posted: 2009/04/27 06:00:15 AM