JAPAN — Japan will install more than two dozen solar panels on the roofs of more than 1,000 houses as part of an effort to generate electricity from wind and solar energy.
The government plans to install 1,800 panels, which will generate about 5.8 gigawatts of power per year, with the panels to be installed at about 2,500 homes, said Yoshiko Okamoto, a ministry spokeswoman.
The panels are expected to be completed in March.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said earlier this year that he was looking for ways to reduce carbon emissions, but the panels will be part of the new program to help power Japan’s burgeoning solar industry.
Last year, the country generated about 2.3 gigawatts from wind power, which generated roughly 2.7 percent of its power needs, according to the Energy Ministry.
The project is part of Abe’s “One-Energy Vision,” a new plan to generate more than 3.5 gigawatts in solar energy by 2030, with another 5.6 gigawatts coming from wind.
It is part, among other things, of a plan to boost the use of renewable energy, reduce air pollution and create a clean energy economy.
In recent years, Japan has invested heavily in solar, which accounts for about 30 percent of the nation’s electricity needs.
Solar panels, especially in sunny regions, have been installed on nearly a quarter of the country’s homes, mostly in the northern areas.
The Japanese government said in March that it plans to purchase more than 100 megawatts of solar panels in 2020, more than twice as much as in the same year last year.
The government has also said it will build solar panels and other technology to reduce greenhouse gases, increase energy efficiency and reduce power costs.