TOKYO, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Japan's newly-installed wind power generation capacity is expected to rise
8 percent to 92 megawatts in the financial year ending March 31, from a year earlier, marking the first
gain in three years, the Japan Wind Power Association said.
Despite the rise, new wind farm installation is much smaller than 2,000 MW in new solar power that
the government expects Japan to install during the same period. New wind power installation fell
sharply in 2011/12, hurt by the termination of a subsidy for new wind farms. Despite the introduction
of a new feed-in-tariff scheme in July 2012, the installation of new wind mills is unlikely to jump
until 2015/16 or later as the construction of new wind mills takes two to five years, the association
Japan's installed capacity of wind power units totalled 2,614 MW at the end of December 2012, as 78
MW worth of solar power was newly installed last year, the association said.
Following is a table of the nation's installed wind power capacity and the number of wind power
generation units, with the association's projections for the end of March 2013. Installed capacity is
in megawatts (MW).
Year Total installed Total wind units Installed during the year Units installed during the year
2006/07 1,490.1 1,316 405.3 257
2007/08 1,674.4 1,413 184.3 97
2008/09 1,882.1 1,533 207.7 120
2009/10 2,185.7 1,682 303.6 149
2010/11 2,471.7 1,828 286.0 146
2011/12 2,556.8 1,855 85.1 27
2012/13 2,649.0 1,904 92.0 49
(Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori; Editing by Anupama Dwivedi)
Keywords: JAPAN POWER/WIND
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