Japan is now the world’s biggest solar market.
Japan’s solar installations surged by a stunning 270 per cent (in gigawatts (GW)) in the first quarter of 2013, positioning the country to surpass Germany to become the world’s largest photovoltaics (PV) market in terms of revenue this year.
Although Japan is forecast to install fewer GW than China (which is forecast to be the largest market in GW installation terms) in 2013, the high prices of PV systems in Japan will drive it to become the world’s largest market in revenue terms.
This is all basically the result of Fukushima, after which Japanese authorities aggressively moved to promote solar. They adopted a feed-in tariff that rewarded utilities for transitioning power supplies toward solar.
Meanwhile, Europe is ramping down solar growth as it clears its market of low-cost Chinese products.
Japan’s share the photovoltaic market will rise to 24 per cent in 2013, up from 14 per cent in 2012 and just 9 per cent in 2011.
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