Incentive program lifts solar cell market in Japan

7 years ago by in Featured, Japan

Solar cells and modules are increasingly popular in Japan, with shipments having risen by about 80 percent in the July-September quarter, thanks to an incentive program started by the government in July.

Japan introduced the so-called “feed-in tariffs” to encourage investment in renewable power, as the country is trying to diversify its energy sources after last year’s natural disasters, which triggered a crisis in the nuclear sector.

According to the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association, the result of the incentive program was that domestic shipments increased to 627 megawatts from 348 megawatts in the same quarter last year.

Cells and modules produced outside Japan represented nearly a third of all domestic shipments in the period, as imports tripled to 203 megawatts. At the same time, exports fell by 57 percent to 153 megawatts.

The association’s report was compiled after gathering data from 34 companies, including Sharp Corp. and Suntech Power Japan Corp.