Japanese Solar Power Outlook Looks Bright but Wind May Not Fly

August 21, 2012 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

TOKYO—New minimum-price rules for Japan’s renewable-energy sector will likely help solar power shine, but bird strikes and tough environmental-assessment needs may make it tough for wind generation to take off.

By 2030, the government wants up to 35% of Japan’s energy needs to be supplied by renewable sources—up from roughly 10% today. Hydropower is the leading renewable, with solar, wind and geothermal energy adding up to just 1.4% of total power output.

Japan must import nearly all the fuel used to make electricity, and with its nuclear sector still almost entirely offline, it introduced last month a feed-in tariff system …

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