When we hear “Japan” the first things that come to mind are sushi, cars and technology, and for a good reason. Here in America, Japanese technology is very popular together with Japanese cars.
In Ota City, located just 80 kilometers (roughly 50 miles) north of Tokyo, there is a small Solar Powered town called Pal Town. Every house and building has a solar panel or more for their use. Habitats of this town can be paid up to ¥5000 or $50 from the local power company.
This town is located in Japan’s sunniest area, and the Japanese government lost no time on taking advantage of the sun by giving Solar Panels to the residents of the city.
If people moving to this city are buying Solar Powered houses at the current market price they could recover the cost of the building plus ¥2,000,000 or $20,000 in two or three decades.
Kazuo Nakashima, Ota’s housing development manager says that the biggest challenge is the high equipment cost in spreading the Eco-friendly system.