Thursday, 4 April 2013

Japan Adds 1,178 megawatts of mostly solar energy in nine months
15 Mar 2013

Japan added 1,178 MWs of mostly solar clean-energy capacity in the nine months to the end of December as the country curbs its reliance on nuclear power. Japan added 1,119 MWs of solar to the 4,800 MWs already installed, according to data released by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry on March 13. Wind rose 34 MWs and biomass 22 MWs, according to the government figures.

The country began an incentive program for clean energy in July to boost use of renewables after the 2011 Fukushima atomic disaster. The ministry approved applications for above-market rates for clean energy worth 5,236 MWs until the end of December, including 3,857 MWs of non-residential solar. The northern island of Hokkaido accounts for 26% of approved applications by capacity for solar plants 1 MW or larger, the most among Japan's 47 prefectures, the data showed.