Junko Movellan's Articles

- July 18, 2014

Solar-powered Gondola Saving Clean Mountain Air in Colorado

Visiting Telluride, Colorado, the first thing you notice, besides the spectacular mountain view, is a free gondola. The gondola, traveling from the town of Telluride to the town of...

- July 11, 2014

Getting Out of the Weeds: How To Control Vegetative Growth Under Solar Arrays

It is officially summer. The sun is shining and the grass in your backyard is growing quickly. At home, mowing the lawn is one of summertime's most frequent chores — and it’s no different...

- June 19, 2014

Plug-and-Play Solar Systems: Automating the Permitting, Inspection and Interconnection Processes

Can you imagine installing a photovoltaic (PV) solar system on the roof as easily as installing a television system in your living room? There would be no special tools, better yet,...

- May 19, 2014

Fukushima, Japan Rebuilding Communities with Solar, Commits to 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2040

Fukushima experienced the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl when a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit three years ago. Now, the region is trying to turn the “lost landscape”...

- May 01, 2014

Hokkaido Is the New Solar Capital of Japan

While not the warmest or sunniest part of Japan, Hokkaido will become the largest “mega-solar” market in Japan according to the latest data published by the nation's Ministry of Energy,...

- 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...

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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