, along with eight partner companies, have announced plans to construct a green community from the ground up in Japan's Fujisawa City. The community will be called the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town
(Fujisawa SST), and by 2018 it could provide a carefully planned, eco-friendly space for 1000 residents. The project has already put forth a bold goal of lowering the town's carbon output 70% from 1990 levels.
Green building is certainly nothing new, but the thrust of Panasonic's plan is to start from scratch rather than retrofit existing structures and communities with eco-friendly technologies. The idea is that existing technologies and town planning strategies can be brought together harmoniously from the start, for maximum effect and efficiency. And Fujisawa SST will have it all: a smart power grid; solar cells and batteries in every home; roads designed for bikes, walkers, and electric vehicles; networked public lighting, and more.