This car carrier vessel has 768 solar photovoltaic panels on the deck to power onboard systems (photo: dpa)

Renewables prosper in Japan despite new government’s pro-nuclear stance

New Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has rejected his predecessor’s decision to phase out nuclear power in Japan, where energy costs have soared in the wake of the shutdown following the Fukushima disaster. But very few reactors are expected to be re-started in the foreseeable future – and meanwhile the renewable energy sector is flourishing, especially solar power.

TWO themes dominate discussion on Japan’s energy policy two years after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011.

Mainstream media continue to emphasise that the catastrophe was basicall...

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Dr. Stefan Lippert
The limiting factors for solar projects are a lack of suitable land, difficulty to secure financing and approval from the ministry, and reluctance of utility companies to connect new generation systems to the grid
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