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Well, at a minimum, it will be a massive field test of the value of a high FIT. This could also be a great boon for thermal solar plants which can time shift load into the night. Have you seen
 any estimate as to the likely effect on Japanese public opinion of the resulting higher power bills and on the size of any increase?

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Jun 22nd, 2012 at 08:37:53 AM EST
Why do you think that this will be a great boon for solar thermal, specifically?

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by DoDo on Fri Jun 22nd, 2012 at 12:47:45 PM EST
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Load shifting and cost effectiveness - if they live up to expectations. But, unfortunately, much of the best technology is German and I don't think the Japanese have too much experience here. In summer the peak load expands into the evening as houses take time to cool and this is exacerbated by high humidity.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Jun 22nd, 2012 at 02:07:11 PM EST
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Those would be general traits, not something Japan-specific. I think in Japan, solar thermal is neither geographically advantageous nor that much favoured by the feed-in law (due to lack of distinction between solar thermal and PV, the latter, still being cheaper, offers higher profits to investors).

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by DoDo on Fri Jun 22nd, 2012 at 03:45:02 PM EST
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