Japan sees monthly wind boost

February saw signs of an uptick in Japan’s so far sluggish roll-out of wind generation, latest official figures show.

Japan installed 26MW of new wind capacity in February, compared to just 63MW in the 10 months from April 2012 to the end of January, according to calculations based on statistics from the country's Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE).

Data from the Japan Wind Power Association (JWPA) shows the jump in capacity was partly due to the installation of eight 2MW Hitachi turbines to expand the Kamisu wind farm, on the coast of Ibaraki Prefecture, east of Tokyo.

Before February, the Kamisu project consisted of seven Fuji Heavy Industries 2MW turbines.

A JWPA official tells Recharge that a 10MW onshore wind farm also came online in Akita Prefecture in February.

Japan added roughly 268MW of clean-energy capacity in February, including wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and hydropower installations.

New PV capacity accounted for about 230MW of the total in February, including some 117MW of residential solar projects.