Jun 20, 2014 - Japan added 7,185 MW of renewable energy capacity in the fiscal year through March 2014, including 7,042 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) plants, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) said Thursday.
The Asian country installed 5,735 MW of non-residential PV parks, as compared to a cumulative total capacity of only 900 MW before July 1, 2012 -- the date of launch of feed-in tariffs (FiTs) for renewables. Thanks to the attractive FiT programme, Japan is now one of the top solar markets globally. The country also added 1,307 MW of residential solar systems in the fiscal year.
Taking a look at other sectors, Japan built 47 MW of wind, 92 MW of biomass and 4 MW of small and medium hydropower plants in fiscal 2013/14.
Since the launch of the FiTs, Japan has boosted its installed renewable power capacity to 8,954 MW, according to METI’s statistics.
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