06 Jun '13, 2pm

Japan: The World’s Hottest Solar Market in 2013: Can solar replace retired nuclear in Japan? Will

Japan: The World’s Hottest Solar Market in 2013: Can solar replace retired nuclear in Japan? Will

Can solar replace retired nuclear in Japan? Will Japan's booming solar market have legs or will it fade like a FIT? Before the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan had about 50 gigawatts of electrical capacity from 50 nuclear reactors . Just two of those reactors have been restarted -- but others will come on-line as they pass safety checks. Nuclear business, jobs, and politics will likely trump anti-nuclear sentiment in Japan. While those reactors are offline, Japan makes up for the loss of 25 percent of its baseload power with fossil fuel imports, along with utility rate increases to pay for the fuel. If solar is to help make up the shortfall, then the Japanese PV market will have to field unprecedented growth. And 2013 looks to be an impressive start to that growth curve. The question is if it can keep pace. With about 1.7 gigawatts shipped in the first quarter of the year...

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