Japan solar power installations dip 6.4 percent in February

Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) said the nation installed 532 megawatts of solar energy in February, down 6.4 percent from the previous month, Solar Server reported. Of the total solar capacity reported in February, 444 MW was for non-residential or large-scale solar photovoltaic and 88 MW was for residential PV.

Despite the dip in February's solar power installations - marking the fourth month of decreases - Japan may still meet its goal of 6.8 gigawatts of solar installed by March 31 - the end of the country's fiscal year 2013.

Between April 2013 and January 2014, Japan managed to install more than 5.7 GW of solar capacity after implementing the feed-in tariff (FIT) program, PV Magazine reported. With the cost of solar panels decreasing, the government lowered FIT rates for residential solar customers. FIT levels for PV plants bigger than 10 KW dropped 11 percent on April 1.

With the new capacity installed for February, Japan's total solar PV capacity now stands at 13.5 GW, or 107 watts per resident. 

More information on the power market in Japan can be found at PennEnergy Research

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