Tucson solar firm makes push into Japan

2012-07-18T13:05:00Z 2012-07-18T14:05:12Z Tucson solar firm makes push into JapanArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 18, 2012 1:05 pm  • 

Tucson-based Global Solar Energy Inc. is taking its  flexible solar-panel technology into Japan’s growing solar market, taking advantage of a new government incentive program.

Global Solar has set up partnerships with three Japanese firms, CBC Co. Ltd, Eco Holdings and OG Corp., to market its PowerFLEX building-integrated photovoltaic system in Japan, with a version adapted specifically for use on Japan’s typically compact rooftops.

The Japanese market is expected to grow rapidly because of a so-called feed-in tariff that went into effect July 1 in Japan. The tariff requires utilities to pay 42 yen per kilowatt-hour (about 52 cents per kilowatt-hour) for 20 years from solar plants generating 10 kilowatts of energy or more, Global said in a news release.

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