Pair-o-Graphs

Pair-o-Graphs: Land of the rising … northeast Asia photovoltaic power

Scott Tong Jun 28, 2012
Pair-o-Graphs

Pair-o-Graphs: Land of the rising … northeast Asia photovoltaic power

Scott Tong Jun 28, 2012

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THE PARAGRAPH

 

Yes, we know. Japan is soooo 23 years ago. Actually, grasshopper, it’s poised to be the next giant market in renewable energy. Starting July 1, Tokyo’s government gives out billions of dollars in subsidies to anyone who generates or sells solar energy. It’s a generous subsidy; solar producers will get paid double what Germans get (per unit of energy); triple what the Chinese earn. Zooming back: the chart above is energy giant BP’s look into the future. The left side projects coal and natural gas remaining big-big players in electricity. But, whoa look right: the largest increase comes from renewables, including solar and windpower. A global carbon deal may not be in the offing right now. But incentives in Germany, Italy, China, the Czech Republic, California, and now Japan are nudging this market toward scale and respectability.

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