29 Aug '11, 4pm

Japan Steps Toward More Renewable Energy With New Feed-In Tariff: photo: Bernd/CC BY-SA Japa... th.bp #green #USRC

Japan Steps Toward More Renewable Energy With New Feed-In Tariff: photo: Bernd/CC BY-SA Japa... th.bp #green #USRC

Under the program, the rate for renewable energy sources other than solar power will be 20 yen/kWh, compared to the current price for grid electricity of 13.77 yen for commercial users (Bloomberg ). For solar power the current tariff is 42 yen/kWh for residential generation and 40 yen/kWh for solar power produced by businesses and schools. Currently Japan's renewable energy sources supply about 9% of its electricity. Solar power made up 3.68 GW of installed renewable energy capacity at the end of 2010; wind power was just over 2.3 GW. Paul Gipe talks about the important boost the program could give to feed-in tariffs more broadly: Japan's bold step away from nuclear power could provide impetus to feed-in tariffs in North America, where the policy has been slow to gain traction outside of Ontario, Canada, and the state of Vermont. Adoption of feed-in tariffs by Japan--a cou...

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