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Japan Flocks To Solar Homes In Fukushima Fallout

Japan Flocks To Solar Homes In Fukushima Fallout

March 11th marked the one year anniversary of the tragic earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan, and triggered a†catastrophic meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

As Japan tries to pick up the pieces from that disaster, its government has made very definite decisions to shift the country away from a reliance on nuclear power, and citizens have followed suit.

Instead of slapping together housing as quickly as during the weeks of power shortages that followed, Japanese developers chose to focus on building styles that would help the country remain operational should a similar disaster occur again. Several development companies began work on “green” apartments equipped with solar panels, and the buildings are already selling out.

Each apartmentís solar system comes with control panels and a display that compares energy generation and use on a month-to-month and year-to-year basis, according to the New York Times. The apartments also have batteries that kick in when grid-supplied energy is cut in emergencies.

Because they need to have full access to the sun throughout the day, many of these solar apartments are located outside the city limits, and are relatively small in size. But even these inconveniences and a price tag of around $400,000 aren’t preventing shell-shocked families from jumping at the chance for energy independence.

It’s unfortunate that the Japanese government needed a natural disaster to make them wake up and see the futility of nuclear power. What will it take to finally convince the United States?

Related Reading:

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12:12PM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

thanks

4:28PM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

Great!

2:32PM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

Awesome.

9:24AM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

Yippee. Too bad they had to suffer nuclear consequences before. I fear we may all have to before anyone really gets it.

7:15AM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

Unfortunately it is human nature to be reactive, rather than proactive. What will it take for the U.S. to make the move to renewable energy? Will it be a human disaster, or $10 per gallon gasoline?

6:08AM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

NOTED!

3:07AM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

We all need to be going to solar energy. It is free energy --it is incredible that we are polluting our planet with toxic energy when we have clean renewable energy at our fingertips.

1:57AM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

Great!

8:31AM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

It's about time. The rest of the world should follow suit.

8:28AM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

i saw many homes with SOLAR panels gracing their rooftops when i visited Sasebo, Japan! So thoroughly sensible then! Otta be REQUISITE Now! :-D

Bring back the PACE! Bring back the PACE! :-D

SOLAR HOME ROOFTOPS otta be REQUISITE THE WORLD OVER! :-D

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