Originally published on Lenz Blog. (embedded tweet added)
やっと出ました！2013年5月末までのFIT設備認定および運転開始状況。H24年度中の運転開始は約2GW、設備認定は21GWに。再生可能エネルギー発電設備の導入状況を公表します(平成25年5月末時点)（METI/経済産業省） – http://t.co/7cpezSUsBC
— 松原弘直 (@matsubara_hiro) August 20, 2013
The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Industry, and Trade just published figures for renewable energy under the new feed-in tariff law in force since last July. Thanks to this tweet by Hiro Matsubara for the link.
To state the result in very short terms, wind is struggling even with the very high tariffs in place, and solar is headed for the “rocket start” former Prime Minister Noda called for last October.
The Japanese figures come in two flavors. One set is for installations that have started producing electricity, and the other one is for installations that have received approval from the Ministry. The latter one is the higher one, it includes capacity that will come online shortly, but is not yet commissioned.
Using those latter figures, solar recorded 20.91 GW until May, up from 12.2 GW until February. That’s not bad, considering that Japan had only about 5.3 GW of solar installed at the end of 2011. Adjusting for the larger population of Japan this is comparable to the German records of the last couple of years. Not bad at all.
On the other hand, the rocket for wind energy is still firmly planted on the ground. The Ministry reports a measly anemic 0.8 GW of approved capacity. The problem with wind is, you need much more time from starting a project to getting it to the approval stage. Anyway, it will take some time for wind to get up to speed in Japan. The numbers are still very disappointing.
(This post is a mainly unchanged repost of “12.2 GW of New Solar Approved Until February in Japan” published in May, with only the new numbers plugged in).