With only three out of 54 of Japan’s nuclear power stations still functioning following the Fukishima crisis, it is encouraging to know sales of solar cells rose by 30.7% last year. Government subsidies have encouraged sales to top 1,000MW for the first time.
Sales in the fourth quarter rose 30.4% from 2010, to 406.3MW. Solar cell exports for the whole of 2011 rose to 1,462.8MW, up 1.2% from a year earlier, although they fell 13.5% to 321.3MW the last quarter of 2011.
The Japanese Photovoltaic Association state Japan had aimed to increase its nuclear power generation to more than half of its electricity supply by 2030. But now looks to raise the role of renewable sources such as wind and solar power.
The association includes major Japanese solar panel makers such as Sharp Corp, Kyocera Corp, Panasonic Corp and Mitsubishi Electric Corp, as well as foreign makers such as Suntech Power Holdings.