Japan powers to world’s top solar energy spot

Solar power generation equipment on the roof of a Honda production plant near Tokyo (photo: dpa)
Solar power generation equipment on the roof of a Honda production plant near Tokyo (photo: dpa)

Despite its traditional pro-nuclear stance, Japan’s ruling Liberal-Democratic Party is serious about boosting renewable energy. But as the country becomes the world’s largest solar energy market, Tokyo has yet to commit to a detailed energy strategy. This indicates a high level of uncertainty among government and business elites in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

<i>Japan is set to become the largest solar energy market, surpassing Germany in 2013. The Japanese solar sector is expected to grow by 82 per cent, in sharp contrast to global growth of four per cent. New capacity of six to nine MW – equivalent to the output of six to nine nuclear reactors – will be added in 2013....

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