Japan becomes third largest solar power market

By Robin Whitlock, Renewable Energy Focus:

In 2011, Japan accounted for 7% of total installed PV capacity, according to a new research report.

With cumulative capacity almost 5GW, the Japan Solar Power Sector Analysis report from KuicK Research notes the country now ranks third only behind Germany and Italy for installed solar power capacity. The country added 1GW of new solar capacity in 2011 – making it a record year for the country’s industry.

While it is still some way behind Germany and Italy, Japan accounted for significant growth is expected in the coming years…. Read more

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