Clean energy to be ‘pillar’ of Japan quake reconstruction: Edano

“Japan’s “grand scheme for reconstruction” after the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami of March 11 will include a revision of the country’s overall energy policy and possibly a greater reliance on alternative energies, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said in a press conference carried by public broadcaster NHK.

“Considering the damage inflicted this time, alternative energies will become one of the important pillars [of reconstruction],” Edano said. “[Solar] energy or biofuels, so to speak, clean energy, these will be boosted and beefed up in order to overcome the damage done by this disaster.”…”

Latest EIA Report Shows Renewable Energy Production Continues Growth in 2010, Equals Nuclear Energy Output

“The latest Monthly Energy Review released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) last week shows both nuclear and renewable energy sources provided roughly 11 percent each of primary energy production for the first nine months of 2010 – the latest period for which data is available.

“The EIA report states that renewable energy sources, including biomass/biofuels, solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal contributed 10.9 percent of domestic energy production through the end of September, up 5.7 percent over the same period in 2009. Nuclear energy accounted for 11.4 percent of domestic production – down 0.5 percent from the same period last year…”

Worldwide Annual Solar Cell Production More Than Doubles In 2010

” ‘The solar industry is ready to take responsibility for replacing dangerous nuclear power today,’ says Michael Schmela, editor-in-chief of PHOTON International. “Solar has proven that it can grow fast, it’s getting big and it is already much less expensive than most people think,” he adds.

“To put things into perspective, the 27.2 GW of PV cells produced last year are roughly equal in capacity to 27 typical nuclear reactors. The PV electricity generated annually by these cells would be around 27 terawatt hours (TWh), or 27 billion kilowatt hours (kWh), if they were installed in today’s major solar markets. “Even in a country with as little irradiance as Germany, the leading PV market, this is enough to replace the output of around three nuclear reactors,” says Schmela. “If this year’s PV production plans are realized, the output could not only generate as much electricity as about six nuclear plants in Germany, but it could also completely shave peak power demand during summer days in Italy.”…”