Kyodo. The Japanese government will aim for 30% of all households to have solar panels installed by 2030 as part of its efforts to fight global warming. Under the target, the number of solar-powered households would increase to 14 million from the current 400,000, and the capacity of such generation would expand 30-fold from the current 1.3 million kilowatts.
The target will be incorporated into a program for innovative technologies to cut greenhouse gas emissions to be announced at the Group of Eight summit in July at the Lake Toya resort area of Hokkaido, they said.
In a bid to develop new, low-cost solar panels so ordinary households can install them, the government plans to convene experts from home and abroad to set up an international research institution in fiscal 2008, and is seeking 2 billion yen [US$18 million] for the project in the fiscal 2008 budget, they said.