Japan and New Mexico are oceans apart, but they aren’t letting a bit of water keep them from working together on renewable energy systems. New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson met with senior executives of the Sharp corporation in Japan to sign an agreement for joint development in the field of new energy, which includes solar power and fuel cells.Mahwah, New Jersey – June 21, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Under the agreement, Sharp will work with leading technology centers in New Mexico to develop advanced calibration and testing for solar power generation systems, and solar technology applications in agriculture. Polymer electrolyte fuel cells, which offer stable performance even at high temperature, are part of the development venture as well. “Amid increasing energy costs and environmental concerns, the clean, renewable energy provided by solar technology holds significant promise for the future,” said Ron Kenedi, general manager for Sharp’s Solar System division. New Mexico has attracted federal laboratories, such as the Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and New Mexico State University, and persuaded top researchers to relocate in the state. Earlier this year, Richardson enacted a new law in the state that will require a 10 percent share for renewable energy in the state by 2011. Sharp Electronics Corporation, based in New Jersey, is the marketing and sales subsidiary of Japan’s Sharp Corporation. Sharp is a developer of the core technologies that are integral to shaping the next generation of home entertainment products, appliances, networked and multi-functional office solutions, and mobile communication and information tools.