Five institutions picked up “incorporation limited” stick Japan blocked solar revolution

Polaris solar PV net news: though 2013 new PV installed capacity exceeding 7 GW, and this year is expected to surpass the 8 GW mark, but with the leading utilities are expected to begin the moratorium on new solar projects on-grid applications, Japan solar revolution “hanging by a thread”.

2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster of nuclear energy policy has been cast aside, Japan Government and citizens turned to support the development of renewable energy. Driven by attractive FIT policy in 2013, Japan solar energy sector worth nearly 30 billion dollars.

However, Japan the five leading public institution last month began restricting new grid-connected solar power, and charged that over the past two years energy expansion never stops, and photovoltaic power plants provide power only when the sun shines, often cause connection problems.

“Because Japan transmission lines in some areas is very limited, so solar power has problems in some areas. “The RTS said the research manager of the company IzumiKaizuka,” last year, we have seen this type of problem. Lucky is that Japan Government Committee has been set up. The end of the year, the Commission will announce a solution. ”

Now Japan has a number of options to choose from, which extended the power line is the most likely way to achieve. “Even if Japan does not currently operating nuclear power plants, but each utilities for nuclear retention of extra transmission capacity. ”

Kaizuka believes that maybe next year, maybe the year after next, there will be one or two nuclear power plants again. “We expect this year Japan solar energy market is still growth, but then began to shrink. “He added.

Japan Kyushu electric power (KyushuElectricPowerCo.), Shikoku electric power company (ShikokuElectricPowerCo.), the Tohoku electric power company (TohokuElectricPowerCo.), Hokkaido electric power company (HokkaidoElectricPowerCo.) and the Okinawa electric power company limited (OkinawaElectricPowerCo.) cut grid access for new solar projects will probably be Japan large solar-beginning of the end of the revolution.

Kyushu electric power company said that if all the applications have been approved, will reach the total grid demand 12.6 GW. Public sector minimum requirement is 8 GW during the day. However, Japan renewable energy Foundation (JREF) Director MikaOhbayashi said that other public services were reviewed for all grid-connected applications, Kyushu electric power company was suddenly suspended for a few months, which is not reasonable.

“Although applications for grid-connected capacity has exceeded 12 GW, but we see only a little more than 3 gigawatts of capacity actually in place. “Ohbayashi points out,” in this case, the normal business sense, abruptly suspended the application is unreasonable will be significant impact on the renewable energy business. ”

According to Government sources, in view of the gradual build up of solar projects (partly because the developer drag), wind power projects are likely to be pushed to the forefront of energy team. From July 2012, solar power rivals added just 1.7 GW of installed capacity of wind power, so Japan has been hoping to increase wind’s share of the energy mix.

FIT subsidy rates falling era has begun

In view of the 2011 nuclear power were relegated, and Japan in the next year, the Government introduced incredibly generous FIT subsidy rates policies, about $ 0.30/kWh. Inspired by the global highest FIT rate, Japan photovoltaic industry by leaps and bounds, quickly leapt to the second-largest solar market.

“Now needs to slow development of the solar industry, but any mandatory measures requires a comprehensive review and interpretation. “Ohbayashi said. Now, utilities are early intervention, Japan Government may now quietly grateful–this is clearly more than policy interventions to “gently”.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a recent interview, he wants to restart a nuclear reactor to check the rise in the solar energy sector. “We will establish a clean energy goals, taking into account the balance of other forms of energy. “Abe said to reporters last week. However, although after a nuclear accident, the solar industry by leaps and bounds, but successful upper is fossil fuels. From 2012 onwards, Japan share of fossil fuels in energy structure rose from 60% to 88%.

However, the industry believes that Japan in the solar industry, or will be more durable. In view of the large sector of great uncertainty, and Japan housing and storage of photovoltaic market is expected to continue to shine.

“For the moment, Japan still is expected to further expand the solar market” Kaizuka added, “in this sector, many companies have been able to provide a good service, but is still enjoying Government support policies in the sector. ”

Original title: five institutions picked up “incorporation limited” stick Japan blocked solar revolution

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