Junko Movellan's Articles

- December 15, 2014

Data Analysis: Can Japan Exceed 10 Gigawatts of Solar Capacity Installation in 2014?

Several analysts are predicting that Japan may add over 10 GW of photovoltaic (PV) capacity for 2014, exceeding that of China. Exceeding 10 GW means an annual growth of at least 33...

- December 01, 2014

Making Emergency Power Available During Disasters — Without Batteries

“Why can’t I use my solar system to generate electricity during a power outage?” This is a common question among residential solar owners, particularly those in Oregon who have recently...

- November 10, 2014

From Module Cleaning Robots to Flying Drones: Japan’s Growing Solar O&M Market

Japan has installed almost 11 GW of photovoltaic (PV) capacity in just two years after the introduction of the feed-in tariff (FIT) program. This amount is equivalent to twice as much...

- September 15, 2014

A Marriage Between Solar and Forest: Japan Promotes Wooden PV Racking Systems

In the midst of the rapid growth in its solar photovoltaic (PV) market, Japan is looking into its local resources — forests — to provide racking for PV systems. Several firms in Japan...

- August 19, 2014

Open Season: Japanese Government Seeks to Deregulate Utility Market, Boost Renewables

While most U.S. customers are only able to get green electricity by either purchasing and installing their own system or acquiring a lease or power purchase agreement through a third-party...

- 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,...

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 15 years of experience in the PV industry, analyzing industry trends and developing business strategies for global...

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