Solar Energy Shipments on the Rise in Japan

From Hydrogen Fuel News

By Alicia Moore

Solar energy making major progress in Japan

Solar energy is on the rise in the Land of the Rising Sun: Japan. According to a new report from the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association, domestic shipments of solar cells and modules has risen by 80% in the July-September quarter of this year. This is on the heels of the Japanese government enacting an ambitious solar energy incentive initiative, a feed-in tariff that aims to help support the adoption of solar energy throughout the country.

Feed-in tariff may be having major influence over Japanese solar energy shipments

The feed-in tariff was introduced in the wake of the Fukushima disaster of 2011, when a powerful earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear crisis in Northern Japan. After the disaster, the government made moves to abandon nuclear power. While moving away from nuclear energy has proven to be a slow and laborious process, the country has been keen to aggressively replace nuclear with other forms of alternative energy that are considered safer. Solar energy has, thus far, become one of the country’s most favored forms of alternative energy for this purpose.

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