Japan PV reaches 13.5GW

Japan’s cumulative PV capacity reached roughly 13.5GW by the end of February, according to latest government statistics.

The figure underscores how the nation’s feed-in tariff (FIT) has succeeded in rapidly facilitating the development of solar since the introduction of the system in July 2012.

Installations soared from the previous year, with the country adding about 6.27GW of solar between 1 April 2013 and 28 February 2014. By comparison, it installed roughly 3.5GW of PV in the 12 months from July 2012.

Residential PV projects accounted for about 1.22GW of the new capacity added in the year to 28 February, while utility-scale projects were roughly 5.05GW.

Japan installed just 15MW of wind capacity over the same period.

The current FIT for large-scale solar projects is ¥32 ($0.31) per kWh, ¥36/kWh for offshore wind and ¥22/kWh for onshore wind.