25 Feb '16, 12pm

Japan retains wind FIT as solar is cut - Windpower Monthly (subscription)

Wind power tariffs remain unchanged at JPY 22/kWh ($0.20) for onshore and JPY 36/kWh ($0.32) for offshore wind. From 1 April, tariffs for solar power will be lowered to JPY 24/kWh ($0.21) from JPY 27/kWh ($0.24). Solar power tariffs are now around 40% lower compared with the JPY 40/kWh ($0.36) tariff set at the 2012 launch of the feed-in tariff system in Japan, due to overdevelopment. The move follows a cabinet decision in early February to amend a law governing the use of waters in ports, allowing offshore developers to occupy harbour space for a period of 20 years, far exceeding existing arrangements. The decision aims to set in place a comprehensive guideline for local governments to follow. "So far, wind developments have been viewed as temporary or short term in nature, but this amendment helps clarify their long-term nature," said a spokesman for the Ministry of Land...

Full article: http://www.windpowermonthly.com/article/1385084/japan-ret...

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