Solar park in Japan. Author: Minoru Karamatsu. License: Creative Commons.
The Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA) said Wednesday that the country may achieve its 64-GW solar capacity target by 2020, or ten years earlier than initially planned.
Last month, Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) unveiled its final energy plan, under which renewables will account for 22% to 24% of the country’s power mix through fiscal 2030. As the top green energy source in the country, the ratio for photovoltaic (PV) plants was set at 7%, equal to 64 GW of installed capacity.
JPEA believes that milestone can be achieved ahead of schedule, while for 2030 it estimates that the share of solar power in Japan can even hit 11%.
At a press conference on July 22, JPEA also presented an overview of the PV Japan 2015 event, which will be held from July 29 to July 31 in Tokyo’s ward of Koto-ku. It is expected that 153 companies will take part in the exhibitions.