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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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