After last year’s Fukushima disaster, Japan is phasing out nuclear power. In order to do that, the country has approved more than 33,000 renewable energy projects that can receive subsidies under a new law that took effect on July 1st. According to this new regulation, Japan introduces Fee-In-Tariffs to promote investments in clean energy which require utilities to buy power from renewable energy providers at premium prices.
It is projected that with this new regulation, Japan will add 2,500 Megawatt by the end of march.
According do DeWitt from Asia-Pacific Journal, the most recent data indicate that the total mega-solar projects announced over the past year is twice what the utilities were planning to install up to 2020. In DeWitt’s words “this is a strong evidence of how much low-hanging fruit there was in Japan, on renewables. We seem likely to find a similar story in efficiency and conservation.
Green Cities Initiative
After the earthquake , the core devastated areas are being successfully rebuild as renewable areas. This initiative includes recycling normatives, international engagement and the demonstration of Energy Management Systems, expanding the eco-model and gaining leadership in the export of green-city initiatives.
According to GOOD, in November 2010 India and Japan unveiled a plan to launch 24 green cities along the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor. These green cities will have optimized energy supplies, 24-hour potable water supply, bicycle and walking paths, and water and waste recycling systems.
Japan is increasing its reputation as a world leader in green technologies what adds tremendous credibility to the possibilities of these green cities. Companies like Hitachi, Mitsubishi, and Toshiba are all expected to participate in the design and construction of eco-friendly towns in seven states. Because Japan is more energy efficient than India, the development of green cities will allow knowledge sharing across the nations, with the end goal being improved energy efficiency and overall quality of life for citizens of the green cities.
Andrew DeWit, ‘Japan’s Remarkable Renewable Energy Drive- After Fukushima,’ The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol 10, Issue 11, No 10, March 11, 2012. http://www.japanfocus.org/-Andrew-DeWit/3721
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industy, ‘Present Status and Promotion Measures for the Introduction of Renewable Energy in Japan’ September, 2011. http://www.meti.go.jp/english/policy/energy_environment/renewable/index.html
Nisha Kumar Kulkarni, India, Japan Join Forces to build ‘Green Cities’. http://www.good.is/posts/india-japan-join-forces-in-a-green-partnership1