Solar Panel install

One of my cousins owns a solar power business in Japan. In this photo, some of his workers install 3000 watts of Sharp "Sunvista" photovoltaic panels on my parents' home in northern Japan.


In Japan two meters are used. The left side meter is consumption. The right side meter is the saved energy. According to my dad, every month the public utility pays 27 yen (or about 20 cents US) for each saved kilowatt hour.

  • gilligguy 8y

    I don't know how my power bill is calculated but, when the price of gasoline rises so too does my utility bill (Florida Power & Light breaks the bill down into "fuel and non-fuel electricity".)
  • Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 8y

    It's probably tied to the price of natural gas. Several years ago natural gas used to be so cheap is was burned as waste. Lots of people simultaneously decided to build power plants powered by natural gas -- remember, it was cheap so it made sense. All these generating stations came online at the same time, and around the same period some bus fleets also switched over to natural gas. So, now all of a sudden there's all this demand for gas, but the supply hasn't kept pace, so now the stuff is really expensive.

    We'll see some interesting things with corn ethanol also, I think. With all the financial speculation in ethanol there will be some pretty wild boom-bust-boom-bust cycles before things level out. Unfortunately, this will also have an impact on the price of everything we eat that 's made from corn, which is pretty much everything. All of our livestock is fattened on corn. Everything has corn sweeteners and fillers and starches in it.
  • Dave Dugdale 7y

    Neat solar install pix.

    If you are interested I broke down the prices of a Sharp 185W panel on my blog.
  • warnut1940 7y

    Solar power is definately the wave of the future. It may have a large out of pocket cost right now, but they are decreasing and will continue to do s as it gains popularity. Prices should go down low enough in the next few years where more peole will be able to afford to go off grid or at least significally decrease electric utilities impact on the planet dramatically.

    This is very exciting to me, an i love to see photos of work in progress or work already complete. Thanks for the post.
  • Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 7y

    Glad you like it; thanks for the comment!
  • Ray's DIY Solar panels 4y

    Looks great! Quite a gray day out there. Seems like it is going to rain. Also, the solar panels don't stand out much, would like the roof to be red or some other catchy color. Overall, great job for installing solar panels.

    To learn how to build solar panels yourself and save thousand of dollars, visit my blog here: DIY home solar panels
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