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Mon Mar 26, 2012, 09:53 AM

Japan to Ease Regulations on Solar, Wind Power

The Cabinet is expected to approve a set of measures on March 30 that would make it easier for companies to put solar panels on roofs and cut the time it takes to do environmental impact studies for building wind turbines, the newspaper said, without saying where it obtained the information.

Power shortages have been a challenge for Japan as 52 of the nationís 54 nuclear reactors have been shut in the aftermath of the meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501)ís Fukushima Dai- Ichi plant. Kansai Electric Power Co. has said electricity supply may fall short of peak summer demand by as much as 25 percent in the western region of Kansai, which accounts for about a fifth of Japanís economy.

Facilities that generate solar power are currently subject to restrictions because they are treated as factories, making businesses unprofitable unless companies choose locations where land is cheap, the Nikkei said. Changes to the regulations would make it more affordable to set up solar panels on roofs in high rent areas around Tokyo and Osaka, the paper said.


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