IN DEPTH: PV dominates in Japan

Rooftop installations have boomed in Japan

Rooftop installations have boomed in Japan

Solar has taken an early grip on Japan's emerging renewables economy.

PV took full advantage of its potential for rapid deployment and a generous new feed-in tariff (FIT) to dominate renewables installations in Japan, new government figures confirm.

Japan increased its renewable energy capacity by 1.394GW between April 2012 and January of this year, the country’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) said.

Solar accounted for virtually all the additional capacity, with 1.329GW of the total – 1.02GW of that made up of residential installations.

By contrast, Japan brought just 37MW of new wind power capacity into service over the same period.

Travis Woodward, solar Log in to read complete article.

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