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Who Needs Nukes? Japan Plans a Massive Shift to Solar Power

Japanese officials are set to unveil a new "Sunrise Plan" tomorrow, requiring all new buildings to be covered by solar panels by 2030.

The Japanese public is less enthusiastic about nuclear power these days. Responding to the Fukushima crisis and public concerns earlier this month, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan declared the nation's plans for nuclear power expansion officially dead.

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New Study Finds Solar Panels Are "Contagious"

A new study finds that you're more likely to install solar panels if other people in your zip code have them.


Are you more likely to install solar panels if your neighbor has them? A new study (PDF) out of Stanford says that you are. More specifically, it finds that for every 1 percent increase in the number of installations in a particular zip code, the time until the next adoption of solar decreases by 1 percent. Or, as Vote Solar's Adam Browning put it: Solar is contagious!

So just how quickly can solar power spread as this snowball effect gets rolling? John Farrell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance's New Rules Project projects the trends forward:

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Video: Watch CAKE Install Solar Panels on Their Recording Studio

CAKE, the band, records albums with electricity coming from nothing but the sun's rays.

So this is a couple years old, and isn't exactly earth shattering news to begin with, but I dig this song and have long appreciated the personality of the band CAKE. So here's CAKE installing solar panels on top of their recording studio.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_njdkAniXM

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