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Capacity of Certified Mega Solar Plants Exceeds 16,000MW in Japan

2014/04/23 18:29
Kiyotaka Nakanishi, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute
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Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) announced data on the introduction of renewable energy-based power generation facilities as of the end of January 2014.

During the one-month period from the end of December 2013 to the end of January 2014, the number of certified non-residential solar power generation facilities (10kW or higher output capacity) increased by 51,416 (or 2,650MW). And the number of non-residential solar power generation facilities in operation increased by 9,864 (or 483MW).

Since the implementation of the feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme in July 2012, 306,331 non-residential solar power generation facilities have been certified. Among them, 101,331 facilities have started operations. Of the 306,331 facilities, the numbers of certified and operating mega solar power plant (1,000kW or higher output capacity) are 3,772 and 909, respectively.

The total capacities of certified and operating non-residential solar power generation facilities are 28,774MW and 5,312MW, of which 16,037MW and 1,633MW are accounted for by mega solar plants. In other words, only about 10% of the certified mega solar plants have started operations.

On the other hand, the number of residential solar power generation facilities (less than 10kW) that have been certified since the implementation of the FIT scheme is 544,793, of which 460,858 have started operations. In terms of output capacity, 2,369MW of residential solar power generation facilities have been certified, and 2,102MW of them have started operations.