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Japan Panel Proposes Solar Tariff Cut of as Much as 16% on Costs

Japan is considering reducing the incentives for developers of solar power projects by as much as 16 percent to reflect lower operating and maintenance costs.

The tariff for applications approved between April 1 and June 30 could be cut to 29 yen per kilowatt hour from the current rate of 32 yen under a proposal presented today by a panel in charge of reviewing the country’s renewable-energy incentives. The tariff would be cut again to 27 yen per kilowatt hour beginning in July, the panel recommended.