Oct 23, 2013 - Japanese firm Sekisui Chemical Co (TYO:4204) said on Monday it would start offering a custom-built single-family house equipped with solar panels.
The company, which is engaged in the real estate sector, will launch the Smart Power Station houses next Saturday. The dwellings will have solar panels mounted on their roofs -- a standard house with a total area of about 100 sq m (1,076 sq ft) will be capable of producing over 10 kW of electricity.
Owners of these houses can earn about JPY 4.8 million (USD 49,000/EUR 35,500) over 20 years from selling the power they do not consume. Currently, Japanese utilities purchase the electricity generated from residential solar plants for JPY 37.8 per kWh.
Sekisui Chemical will sell the new house at JPY 660,000 per 3.3 sq m.
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