OSAKA (Nikkei)–The Panasonic Corp. (6752) group plans to offer earthquake- and tsunami-stricken regions “eco-homes” that will cost about the same as regular homes but feature equipment to reduce power consumption from the grid.
The homes will have built-in solar panels and energy conservation systems such as storage batteries and LED lighting. Modified structures and materials will keep costs down.
Sales will begin in 2012, with the business to be managed by homebuilder PanaHome Corp. (1924).
Panasonic will promote the new homes in the context of “smart towns” of 50-100 homes as a model for reconstruction in the disaster-ravaged areas. Should sales go well, it will consider expanding the business to other areas of Japan.