Japan Solar Capacity Forecast at 100GW in FY2030 by Lobby Group

Japan will have 100 gigawatts of solar power generation capacity by fiscal 2030, according to estimates by an industry group. The figure compares with an earlier estimate of 102 gigawatts in calendar 2030.

Solar capacity will reach 69 gigawatts in the year ending March 31, 2021, the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association said in a report today, which also pointed to possible cancellations of some projects.

The market is benefiting from an incentive program for renewable energy introduced in July 2012, though the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is investigating some solar projects that haven’t started up after getting approval. This indicates some approvals may be withdrawn.

Of the 20 gigawatts of solar projects that received approval from the trade ministry in fiscal 2012, 6 gigawatts will be canceled or abandoned, according to the estimates.

As to the 45.6 gigawatts solar projects approved in fiscal 2013, 14 gigawatts won’t materialize, the group said. The report was released at a ministry task force meeting today set up to review clean energy policies.

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