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Solar power helps Japan sweat out record heat wave

Utilities increase reliance on renewable as country weans itself off nuclear

A Tepco employee in front of an array of solar panels. Like a number of other Japanese utilities, the company is increasing its solar power capacity.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- As temperatures soared to record highs across Japan this summer and people scrambled to beat the heat, power companies turned to solar power to weather the surge in air conditioner usage.

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