Japan module shipments rise 23% in fiscal 2016

During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, about 1.95 GW of PV modules were shipped, from the 1.7 GW of capacity that was delivered in the three months to the end of December 2016, the JPEA said. Polycrystalline PV modules accounted for about 66.6% of the total.

Shipments of solar cells accounted for approximately 689 MW of the total volume for the fourth quarter of the Japanese fiscal year, which is defined as the January – March 2017 period. Module shipments during that period were dominated by solar panels in the 200-300 W range.

The country’s residential PV market accounted for just 333.1 MW of total shipments during the fourth quarter, with demand from the non-residential sector soaking up the lion’s share of deliveries, at 1.54 GW.

Japanese companies accounted for about 60.3% of total shipments, as approximately 1.18 GW. Those manufacturers produced about 43.8% of those modules outside of Japan.

The JPEA received responses from all but two of the 39 companies it surveyed. The participating companies included Japanese heavyweights such as Kyocera, Sharp and Solar Frontier. The JPEA also obtained shipment data from foreign PV suppliers with operations in the country, such as Canadian Solar, Hanwha Q Cells, REC Solar, JA Solar and Trina Solar.