Japan plans solar panels for buildings

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As Japan struggles with the world?s worst nuclear crisis in decades, the country is looking to promote renewable energy; and will announce a new plan to make solar panels compulsory on the roofs of all new buildings by 2030. The plan may be included in the energy policy by Prime Minister Naoto Kan at the G8 summit of developed nations.

Engineers in the country are still battling to control the crisis at the Tokyo Electric Power Co?s Fukushima Daiichi plant, where the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami knocked out cooling systems, causing radiation leaks and leading way to be the world?s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.

Kan, battling low support rates, has pledged a blank-slate review of Japan’s current energy policy, which aims to boost nuclear power to more than 50 percent of electricity supply by 2030 as part of an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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