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Solar Panel Shipment Grows by 124% in FY2013 in Japan

2014/06/12 17:25
Shinichi Kato, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute
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Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA) June 11, 2014, disclosed data on the shipment of solar cell modules for the period from January to March 2014.

According to the data, the total capacity of the solar cell modules (solar panels) shipped in Japan during the period is 2,786,095kW (a record high), which is a 52% increase on a year-over-year basis and a 35% increase compared with the previous quarter.

Of the 2,786,095kW of solar cell modules shipped in Japan during the period from January to March 2014, 1,240,305kW of modules were manufactured in Japan (pure domestic products), a 20% increase on a year-over-year basis. The ratio of pure domestic products increased from 43.8% in the previous quarter to 45%.

In fiscal 2013 (from the beginning of April 2013 to the end of March 2014), the amount of solar cell modules shipped in Japan increased by 124% on a year-over-year basis to 8,545,732kW, which is about six times larger than that in fiscal 2011. The amount of pure domestic products shipped in fiscal 2013 increased by 58% on a year-over-year basis to 3,731,429kW. But it accounted for only 43% of the amount of solar cell modules shipped in Japan in fiscal 2013.

As of March 2014, the total capacity of solar power generation systems installed in Japan was 12GW. But it is expected to grow to 16GW by June 2014, according to estimates made by JPEA. Also, the total capacity of solar power generation systems that Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry certified based on the feel-in-tariff (FIT) scheme has reached 39GW.

In consideration of the capabilities to supply solar panels and construct facilities, the installation of those certified solar power generation systems is expected to proceed by about 7GW per year, said Shinichi Suzuki, secretary-general of JPEA. And this will continue to about 2016 even if only orders accepted by solar panel manufacturers and construction firms are considered, he said.