Junko Movellan's Articles

- April 03, 2014

Low-Income Rooftop Solar Program Helping Hundreds of California Families

In June 2012, the Sunrise Powerlink, a 117-mile, 500-kilovolt transmission line, was completed after years of review, permitting processes and controversies. San Diego Gas & Electric...

- February 20, 2014

Japan FIT Changes Reflect End of Residential PV Program and Delay in Non-residential Projects

Changing government policies may cast a shadow over growth of the Japanese PV market. With the strong national government-supported residential rebate and feed-in tariff (FIT) programs,...

- February 07, 2014

“PV with Lot” Sales: A New Form of Personal Investment in Japan

In the United States, community solar is a growing phenomenon. Those who live in an apartment or don’t have suitable roofs or land are able to invest in, and benefit from, a larger...

- January 09, 2014

Bifacial PV Modules: Can They Move Beyond BIPV Applications?

Bifacial PV modules have been in the market for some time, but with limited usage. The BIPV applications such as awnings and canopies have been a niche market for bifacial PV modules...

- November 07, 2013

Running Out of Precious Land? Floating Solar PV Systems May Be a Solution

In June, a 1.18-MW PV system floating on a water reservoir became operational in Japan. The system called “Solar on the Water Okegawa” in Saitama prefecture is currently the biggest...

- October 10, 2013

Japan Next-Generation Farmers Cultivate Crops and Solar Energy

Farmers in Japan can now generate solar electricity while growing crops on the same farmland. In April, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) approved the installation...

- August 22, 2013

California Solar Energy Apartments: Virtual Net Metering Allows Energy Savings One Tenant at a Time

In California, residents at any, affordable or luxury, apartments can enjoy the benefit of solar powered electricity at their own apartment complex, without owning PV panels. This benefit...

- July 29, 2013

New Solar Homes: Japanese Homebuilders Helping the Fight for Energy Independence

One of the striking differences between the U.S. and Japanese solar PV markets is the number of new solar homes. In Japan, homebuilders promote “smart homes” to differentiate their...

- June 12, 2013

Recovery Report: Japan PV Manufacturers Find Their Domestic Sweet Spot

Almost one decade ago, Japanese PV makers dominated global PV production — Sharp, Kyocera, Sanyo (now part of Panasonic) and Mitsubishi Electric represented about 50 percent of global...

- May 14, 2013

Fighting Blackouts: Japan Residential PV and Energy Storage Market Flourishing

In the past, a PV system with battery storage was associated with the off-grid system — not connected to the utility grid. The battery stores the energy produced by the PV system and...

Junko Movellan

Junko Movellan

Junko Movellan is a Solar Industry expert who writes and analyzes the US and Japan PV downstream markets. She has more than 10 years of experience in the PV industry, analyzing industry trends and developing business strategies for global...

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