Japan's PV industry is changing fast. The feed-in tariff has brought about over 30GW of installed capacity, with large-scale solar outnumbering residential by about 10 to one. With PV Expo taking place in Tokyo this week, we bring together our stories covering the biggest trends in Japanese solar plus the latest from the show itself.
Japan's government has given its clearest indication to date of planned rule changes around renewable energy policy, including official confirmation that a tender process is being put before its parliament for the 2017 financial year.
The Japanese prefecture of Fukushima and its surrounding regions are on an amibitious mission to become a world leader in renewable energy, according to a local writer.
Japan Renewable Energy Corporation, a developer closely affiliated with investment banking group Goldman Sachs, will be happy to take on and complete even 1% of Japan's unbuilt utility-scale solar projects, the company has said.
Skytron energy will provide monitoring and supervision for around 20MW of PV projects in Japan.
Israeli firm SolarEdge is launching its commercial inverter in the Japanese PV market.
PV Cycle, a not-for-profit take-back and waste management programme for solar PV technology in Europe, has launched a service in Japan.
Japan's PV industry is changing fast. The feed-in tariff has brought about over 30GW of installed capacity, with large-scale solar outnumbering residential by about 10 to one. Ahead of this week's PV Expo in Tokyo, Andy Colthorpe takes a look at some of the issues expected to dominate.
After Japan’s solar market got off to a flying start, a combination of policy headwinds and grid constraints has made the going much tougher. But with new market segments opening up and an electricity market reform process about to get underway the prospects for the world’s second largest PV market of 2015 still look strong.
Japan’s solar FiT for the next financial year could be set at ¥24 (US$0.21) per kWh, while controversial curtailment rules to restrict output from PV plants have been applied on the southern island of Kyushu.
The deregulated electricity market which Japan launches in April could be a long-term way for PV’s contribution to the country’s energy mix to exceed the industry and government target of 7% by 2030.
Japan’s renewable energy laws are likely to result in the introduction of an auction process for large-scale solar, with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) confirming that it has put a plan for approval before the cabinet.
The Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF) has voiced concerns that a tender process for PV expected to be introduced next year could cap deployment at just 2GW to 3GW a year in what is currently still the world’s second biggest market for annual installations.
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan is reportedly planning to cut funding for the primary sources of a ¥70 billion (US$569 million) renewable energy programme by eliminating tax breaks for companies that install solar panels in order to sell power.