Solar and wind powered home

This is my parents' home in Aomori Prefecture at the far northern tip of Honshu, Japan. During daylight hours, the photovoltaic panels provide enough electricity to run the home and feed energy back into the grid, which does net metering. The wind turbine mounted on the pole to the right provides a few additional watts of power for the home. Water and house heat is provided primarily by solar water heaters and an on-demand propane heater. My dad has purchased additional PV panels since this photo was taken.

  • Gino 9y

    When I saw the thumbnail version of this I figured it was Minnesota or somewhere in the middle of the U.S. The architecture certainly doesn't speak Japan! The only reason I believe you now is that tiny Japanese truck. :-) Cool stuff.
  • Janet 9y

    The house on the left definitely speaks of american Architecture. How odd that it's so familiar.
  • _Russ_ 9y

    Thats awesome, I hope to have a house that efficient one day.
  • Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 9y

    How funny; I grew up in Japan and I never thought these houses look "western." My grandmother lived in an old building with the sliding doors and paper windows (that my brother and I frequently tore), wood floors, and tatami straw-mat floors in the bedrooms.
  • Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 9y

    @Russ: My dad's been building up to this for decades. He was always doing custom modifications to our houses, tinkering with home-built solar heaters and stuff.
  • mike1727 9y

    Very impressive to be able to generate surplus from the PV arrays. We're looking at solar when we do some building work next year, but budget is likely to limit us to at most a couple of collectors for hot water/central heating preheat. We have a south-facing roof, so plenty of scope for expansion in future- sadly we're too sheltered for a wind tubine to pay off at current prices.
  • Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 9y

    PV is pricey; it only works in Japan because 'conventional' power is so expensive. With this setup, typical energy bill for my parents is in the range of a few hundred Yen (a couple of pounds sterling or less than 10 US dollars) per month.
  • Paul Swansen 9y

    Not one but two satellite dishes I see.
  • Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 9y

    Good eyes!
  • buckdenton13 7y

    I used this photo in an article of mine:

    I gave the necessary "Photo source for attribution" and other information.

    Thank you very much.

  • Jose Rojas 6y

    That is a green house! Do you collect rain water for home use?
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