Japan approves 85,550 MW renewable energy project, bulk from solar power

By Staff Writer

Jan 20, 2016 01:28 AM EST

Japan approved the 2012 clean energy projects that could provide up to 85,550 megawatts of renewable power. The bulk of that production will be from solar energy.

Bloomberg News reported that a document from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry shows that 28 percent or 23,650 megawatts from that project have already gone online September. Before this program has begun, Japan only had 20,600 megawatts worth of clean energy.

The ministry stated that 29 percent of that capacity or 79,760 megawatts comes from solar project. Biomass contributed 2,680, while wind power produces 2,330 megawatts to Japan's total approved capacity. The ministry also gave a go signal to produce 710 megawatts of power from small hydro power, and 70 megawatts from geothermal energy.

The ministry held a task force meeting Tuesday to talk about the tariffs for clean-energy producers starting April.   

According to the Economic Times, Japan and India conducted the Strategic Energy Dialogue on January 12 and have decided to focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and clean coal. India's Power Minister Piyush Goyal said the meeting was more about establishing technology partnerships and engagement in various areas of energy.

Meanwhile, speaking of renewable energies, The Globe and Mail wrote that China was the biggest developer of renewable energy projects last year. The country holds 40 percent of the world's biopower, small hydro installations, and solar powers. The world launched 115 gigawatts of renewable power, and 45 GW of that came from China, according to British research firm GlobalData. One gigawatt can power up to 700,000 houses, which means the clean energy produced in 2015 can power 80 million houses.

Meanwhile, in Japan, the share of clean energy from its total power production, excluding hydro power, increased to 3.2 percent by the end of March 2015. This is a big leap from the 1.4 percent in clean energy shares just three years ago, as seen in the documents from the ministry. 

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