Softbank Corporation is Japan’s Tokyo-based and third-largest cellphone carrier, but it has been getting into the energy game since the Fukushima disaster really shook up its CEO. In September, it was announced that Softbank and Mitsui would team up to build the largest solar power plant in Japan. Now, Softbank has announced that it intends to install solar panels on the rooftops of 1,000 homes in order to take advantage of the country’s incentive program for clean energy.
Softbank is using Sharp and Suntech solar panels for this project, and it will sell the electricity generated by them to utility companies.
On the 21st of December, Softbank will start taking applications from homeowners in 31 prefectures to join this project.
The acquisition of solar energy from residential rooftops has the important benefit of using space that would otherwise not be utilized, rather than occupying additional land which would probably be needed by others in the future.
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