Japan Added 3,666 MW of Clean Energy Since Incentive Program

Japan has added clean energy equal to nearly four nuclear reactors since the beginning of July 2012 in an incentive program to diversify its energy mix.

The country added 3,666 megawatts of capacity powered by renewable sources through the 12 months ended in June, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said in a statement today. A nuclear reactor can typically generate about 1,000 megawatts of energy.

Solar accounts for most of the added clean energy. Residential sources totaled 1,379 megawatts while 2,120 megawatts were from utility- and commercial-scale projects, according to the statement.

Japan has approved 22,914 megawatts of clean energy projects, including wind and biomass, in the year since the incentive program’s introduction, the ministry said.

The approvals exceed the entire installed base of 20,600 megawatts of clean energy Japan had before the start of the incentives, which are known as feed-in tariffs.

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