ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
Renewable energy shift in Asia?
By David Swartzemtruber
To do this Japan will drastically lower the cost of solar power generation - to one third of its current level by 2020 and to one sixth by 2030, the prime minister said.
Nuclear energy will continue to play a role in Japan’s energy mix as it currently supplies 30 percent of the country’s power, but not surprisingly, nuclear safety will be emphasized.
The Japanese plans are surely a good thing for other Asian countries, most of them are blessed with year-round sunshine.
Post-war Japan has always played a leadership role in Asia, locating many of its production facilities throughout the region. For example, there are 50,000 Japanese living in Thailand and Japan has played an instrumental role in Thailand’s economic development.
Japan’s new thrust toward renewable energy can only benefit the whole of Asia and undoubtedly lower the costs of going green, as hydrocarbon energy resources continue to decline.
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