Japan: government approves 19 GW in non-residential PV

20. August 2013 | Financial & Legal Affairs, Markets & Trends, Global PV markets, Top News | By:  Jonathan Gifford

In figures released today, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has indicated that it approved almost 19 GW of commercial rooftop or ground mounted solar installations between July 2012 and April 2013.

Evidence of the scale of Japan’s solar boom under the feed in tariff (FIT), which was brought into effect in July 2012, is becoming clear in figures released today by the administrative authority responsible for the photovoltaic installation scheme, METI. The data has been published in Japanese and was covered today by Bloomberg.

While details as to when the 18,681 GW of approved installations needs to be completed and grid connected is not exactly clear, what is clear is that solar in the country is booming. Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts that between 6.9 GW and 9.4 GW of capacity will be added to the grid in the country in the calendar year 2013.

Looking towards monthly applications for approvals under the FIT scheme, the effect of the reduction in the FIT rate, scheduled for installations approved after March 2013, is evident. Applications for non-residential photovoltaic installations totaled 7.669 GW in March, compared to 5.263 GW in February and 1.892 GW in January.

Applications approved from April 1 receive 37.8 yen/kWh (USD$0.39/kWh).

Indicating that some projects may have been approved however construction and installation delayed, METI issued a statement saying that projects will be investigated. Projects require both METI and local utility approval.

One delay of possible delays that could halt installations are grid challenges facing the island of Hokkaido. Almost one quarter of photovoltaic installations have been proposed on Japan's second largest and most northern island, yet it accounts for less than 3% of the country's electricity demand. Therefore vast grid improvements would be required and some remain skeptical that it will happen, leaving the photovoltaic applications stranded.


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Gerhard Fasol | http://www.eurotechnology.com/

Sunday, 01.09.2013 18:08

Since you published this article the METI approval figures for April and May 2013 have been published and show the impact of the FIT-tariff decrease, which you mention, from April 2013 very dramatically! Approval figures for each April and May 2013 are about 1/15th of the figures in March 2013. It is obvious that project applications were rushed to be approved under the earlier higher tariff. This clearly shows that FIT tariffs have an enormously strong effect on renewable energy projects. More details and graphics here:
http://www.eurotechnology.com/2013/08/24/are-feed-in-tariff-approvals-drying-up/

Gerhard Fasol | http://www.eurotechnology.com/

Sunday, 01.09.2013 17:58

Since you published this article the METI approval figures for April and May 2013 have been published and show the impact of the FIT-tariff decrease, which you mention, from April 2013 very dramatically! Approval figures for each April and May 2013 are about 1/15th of the figures in March 2013. It is obvious that project applications were rushed to be approved under the earlier higher tariff. This clearly shows that FIT tariffs have an enormously strong effect on renewable energy projects. More details and graphics here:
http://www.eurotechnology.com/2013/08/24/are-feed-in-tariff-approvals-drying-up/

Gerhard Fasol | http://www.eurotechnology.com/

Sunday, 01.09.2013 17:53

Since you published this article the METI approval figures for April and May 2013 have been published and show the impact of the FIT-tariff decrease, which you mention, from April 2013 very dramatically! Approval figures for each April and May 2013 are about 1/15th of the figures in March 2013. It is obvious that project applications were rushed to be approved under the earlier higher tariff. This clearly shows that FIT tariffs have an enormously strong effect on renewable energy projects. More details and graphics here:
http://www.eurotechnology.com/2013/08/24/are-feed-in-tariff-approvals-drying-up/

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