Japan authorises 1.78 GW of clean energy projects by end-Sep 2012
Oct 11, 2012 - Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry okayed clean energy projects of a total capacity of 1.78 GW by the end of last month as part of its incentive programme, according to official data published on Wednesday.
According to the ministry's release, solar projects made up 83% of the total, or 1.48 GW, followed by wind projects, which totalled 292 MW.
Between April and September, Japan's clean energy capacity increased by 912 MW, with solar projects accounting for 885 MW of the total.
The ministry expects the country to add 2.5 GW of clean energy by next March after feed-in-tariffs were introduced in July to encourage investment in the sector. The approved projects will not necessarily be operational by March 2013 because some may need more time to set up, the ministry noted.