Summer, 2011, six months after the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, I visited Fukushima and Tokyo – about 1 week after the hottest day this year, and the peak summer electrical load. It was an inspiring trip. In Fukushima, I met a mother of two who told be about the topsoil of her children’s playground being replaced. I also met a Kyocera factory manager there who showed me their new 250KW solar array and smart-grid controller that help them avoid rolling blackouts — even when a cloud comes over head. Many more stories.
Here is the Solar Today article published early 2012.