Solar Power Gaining in Japan

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 @ 07:01 PM gHale

While Japan continues to struggle with the aftermath of the meltdowns in Fukushima, the country is becoming more proactive on the solar energy front.

As of October 31, the country had an overall solar photovoltaic capacity of 11.226 gigawatts, according to a report by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry in Japan.

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What is also interesting is the country brought that power online in a short period of time. Between April 1 and October 31, the country added nearly 4 gigawatts of solar photovoltaic capacity to its energy sector, according to a report on the publication Clean Technica.

Of these 3,993 megawatts, 3,123 came from non-residential projects. The remaining 870 came from residential ones.

Obviously, Japan took a closer interest in adding solar photovoltaic capacity to its energy sector after the Fukushima disaster in March 2011 when an earthquake and tsunami flooded a series of nuclear plants causing a huge meltdown. After the incident, most of the country’s residents became opposed to the idea of having the country powered by nuclear.

Consequently, the country’s leaders abandoned plans to expand the nuclear sector, and instead switched to supporting renewables such as solar.

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