FIT has lit up Japan's solar landscape

Japan is seeing a change of emphasis from residential PV to larger arrays

Japan is seeing a change of emphasis from residential PV to larger arrays

Japan is an excellent advertisement for the advantages of feed-in tariffs (FITs). In the first 16 months of its 20-year FIT, the country added 5.86GW of renewables.

Solar has been the main beneficiary, accounting for 5.67GW, or 97% of the new renewables generation added between the introduction of the scheme in July 2012 and October 2013. The sector doubled virtually overnight, led by the explosion in non-residential PV, which leapt from a pre-FIT 900MW to 4.72GW.*

Historically, residential PV has comprised 80-90% of our national solar capacity. The sea of 3-5kW rooftop installations made Japan the odd man out in the international market, in which commercial-scale arrays dominate. The FIT changed all that. No longer was solar the preserve Log in to read complete article.

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