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Solar panels mandatory for new homes after 2025 in THIS Japanese city

The mandate requires about 50 major builders to equip homes of up to 2,000 square meters (21,500 square feet) with renewable energy power sources, mainly solar panels.

Tokyo makes solar panels mandatory for new homes built after 2025. Premium
Tokyo makes solar panels mandatory for new homes built after 2025.

The Japanese capital local assembly on Thursday passed a new regulation which stated that all new houses in Tokyo built by large-scale homebuilders after April 2025 must install solar power panels to cut household carbon emissions. Currently, Japan stands at fifth spot in the world's largest carbon emitters list.

This new regulation for new built homes requires about 50 major builders to equip homes of up to 2,000 square meters (21,500 square feet) with renewable energy power sources, mainly solar panels, according to the news agency Reuters.

Last week, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike also noted that just 4% of buildings where solar panels could be installed in the city have them now. However, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government aims to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared with 2,000 levels.

Japan is the world's fifth-largest carbon emitter. The country has committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. However, it faces difficulty as Japan has relied heavily on coal-burning thermal power after most of its nuclear reactors were in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, as per Reuters reports.

Risako Narikiyo, a member of Koike's regional party Tomin First no Kai said, "In addition to the existing global climate crisis, we face an energy crisis with a prolonged Russia-Ukraine war. There is no time to waste."

Meanwhile, scientists at the California Institute of Technology had also launched a space solar program after a $100 million grant in 2013, while teams in nations including Japan, Russia and India are also studying the possibilities. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Published: 15 Dec 2022, 12:38 PM IST
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