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Japan’s Program to Boost Clean Energy Starts to Show Progress

  • Power generated from solar, wind and biomass reached 39.2 TWh
  • Solar output jumped 61% to 31.3 TWh amid feed-in tariff

Japan’s program to encourage more clean sources of energy in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011 is seeing signs of progress, with the latest government data showing that the nation produced 45 percent more electricity from renewables such as solar and wind in the fiscal year ended in March compared with a year earlier.

Clean energy output, excluding hydro power, increased to 39.2 terawatt hours in the 12 months ended March 31, according to data released Wednesday by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Solar outpaced other renewable sources, increasing 61 percent to 31.3 terawatt hours. Wind inched up 7 percent to 5.4 terawatt hours.