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Japan: A “Boom and Bust“ Solar Thermal Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 7, 2009

Japan was once leading in the solar water heater market. Although being one of the first countries to have solar water heaters installed in 1950, the solar water heater industry has decreased steadily since the 1980’s. In 2007, the country reached a new low with 188,500 m2 of newly installed collector area – not even a tenth of the market volume of 2.8 million m2 it had in the peak year 1980.

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