A system designed to spread the use of renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, started Sunday, with many problems still unresolved. The system should be carefully implemented.
The so-called feed-in tariff system obliges electric power companies to purchase electricity generated by renewable energy sources. Under the system, electric power companies continue to purchase renewable energy for up to 20 years at initially set rates.
The purchase rates are set at 42 yen per kilowatt-hour for solar energy and 23 yen for wind energy, about double the levels in Germany, which preceded Japan in introducing the system. To promote renewable energy in this country, the government decided to set the rates almost as requested by renewable energy producers… Read more