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Published on December 12th, 2012 | by Nicholas Brown


Softbank Plans To Obtain Solar Energy From Residential Rooftops

December 12th, 2012 by  

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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  • Paul Bostwick

    This mix of parties getting involved in power generation may not be new. But it seems to have a great deal of potential. Mixing the capital availability from one company, the solar aperture from a bunch of disparate buildings and the ability to sell it to the utility as if it were one power source could be another important change in the game.

    I’m working on High temperature hybrids (PV & thermal together) and they might be even better suited to this as the thermal could serve the building beneath (as either “rent” for the aperture or as a service sold to the building or some combination of the two) while the electricity goes to the grid.

    But whatever technology is employed, the involvement of new sources of capital and new ways of mixing the business model up is exciting.

  • bhugtaan

    I think this is a good idea to produce electronic energy from solar energy

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