Solar power at Meiji University in Kawasaki, Japan, which runs courses for young farmers (photo: dpa)

Tariff rewards boost Japan’s progress in solar energy

The Japanese government’s aggressive programme for electricity feed-in tariffs came into force on July 1, 2012, putting the nation at the centre of the global solar industry. An unprecedented catch-up race is now in progress: Japan currently has the lowest share of renewable energy among the G7 countries, but its rapidly increasing demand for new installations is set to capture 10 to 15 per cent of the global photovoltaic market by 2013.

JAPAN is undergoing a renewables revolution. Generous new rates for producing solar electricity are a boost for the residential, commercial and industrial (C&I) and utilities sectors.


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Dr. Stefan Lippert
When it finally became known on April 5 that the proposed rates would be among the world’s highest, there was great excitement in the industry
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