The country's cumulative installed solar capacity reached nearly 11.3 GW by October 31.
METI's Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE) compiled the data covering the status of new facilities generating renewable energy in the time period.
"Photovoltaic power facilities steadily continue to be introduced, and the total combined capacity of such facilities as of October 31, 2013, reached 5,852,000 kW after the feed-in tariff scheme was introduced," METI said on its website.
Prior to the introduction of Japan’s feed-in tariff program, which went into effect July 1, 2012, combined total solar capacity in the country was at about 5.6 GW.
METI launched a subsidy program for residential PV systems in 1994, according to data from NPD Solarbuzz. Initially, the subsidy covered 50% of the cost of PV systems. As a result, until 2005, Japan had the largest installed PV capacity of any country in the world.
Solar PV deployment in Japan slowed in the mid-2000s, due in part to the country’s ten-year energy plan that was approved in March 2002 and called for an expansion of nuclear generation by approximately 30% by 2011. The plan included the construction of between nine and 12 new nuclear power plants, equivalent to 17.5 GW of new nuclear generating capacity.
Following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, however, Japan began to shut down its nuclear reactors and promote the wider use of solar power.
Saturday, 18.01.2014 22:22
Why does it take 3 months to release a simple total? Japan's scheme is an FIT, so all the installations are registered and connected by the same administrative process. The Ministry should be able to release monthly totals with a delay of a few weeks.
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