Energy / Climate Change

March 25, 2009


Japan's Ministries Release Action Plan to Expand Solar Power Generation Installation

Keywords: Government Policy / Systems Renewable Energy 

Based on the action plan for achieving a low carbon society approved by the Cabinet in July, 2008, the Action Plan for Promoting the Introduction of Solar Power Generation was recently jointly unveiled on November 11, 2008, by the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

Initially, the plan is to generate synergy on both the supply and demand sides. On the supply side, it will promote development of lighter equipment and systems to reduce the cost of installation as well as stable growth of technical development, low-cost equipments and systems, and more efficient power generation.

On the demand side, the drop in costs resulting from subsidies for residential solar power generation will promote significant growth in installation. It will also promote the installation of solar power generating systems using Green Power Certification and Eco-action Point programs, particularly in the business sector, public and educational institutions and community organizations as well.

Secondly, the Action Plan will support environmentally-friendly systems and programs, such as the RPS (Renewable Portfolio Standard) or the Top Runner Program to facilitate a smooth introduction of solar power generation. Finally, it will help create a strong base of solar-power generation related industries and will support the spread of these plans internationally and play a core role in Japan's future industrial structure..

- Japanese Government Adopts Action Plan Emphasizing Solar Power Generation (Related JFS article)
- Ministry of the Environment
- Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
- Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
- Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

Posted: 2009/03/25 06:00:15 AM