Junko Movellan's Articles

- April 20, 2015

Japan Solar Boom Spurred by Low-Interest Loans from Local Banks, Credit Unions, Utilities

The U.S. residential solar photovoltaic (PV) market is on the rise. According to SEIA/GTM Research, in 2014 the residential market surpassed the non-residential market for the first...

- March 19, 2015

Post-FIT Japan: Manufacturers Promote Solar PV with Inverter-Integrated Energy Storage

The Japanese government has announced the new feed-in tariff (FIT) rate for the fiscal year 2015, effective April 1st. The new FIT rate for residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems...

- February 03, 2015

Fukushima, Japan Accelerating Deployment of Solar to Create Self-Reliant Communities

This March will mark the four-year anniversary of when the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl hit the northeast of Japan. Communities severely affected by the triple-disaster...

- January 12, 2015

What Do Noodles and Oranges Have in Common? Japanese Bioenergy

In Japan, solar photovoltaic (PV) technology has been a center of attention ever since the nation’s government launched a very rich feed-in tariff (FIT) program. Although they are not...

- 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...

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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