Japan releases new guidelines for agrivoltaics(Fram mounting) - GarceSolar

Japan releases new guidelines for agrivoltaics(Fram mounting)

Publish Time:2021-12-15 Sources:garcesolar

Rencently, Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) released new guidelines for the development and construction of ground-based agricultural photovoltaic facilities to increase the presence of such projects in this land-scarce country.

Current estimates indicate that 10% of agricultural land in Japan can be equipped with agricultural photovoltaic power generation, with a potential of approximately 440 GW.According to statistics from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, as of the end of September, Japan has 200 MW grid-connected agricultural photovoltaic projects in operation.The market shows great potential.

However, when a lot of land is converted to solar power plants, the tax on land has increased significantly, and in the suburbs, the tax is equivalent to that of residential land. Once these power plants are difficult to continue to operate. After the FIT program is over, they have no choice but to withdraw. "

The Agrivoltaics project is deployed on farmland, so there is no tax issue, and even in urban areas, the land can be used very cheaply. Therefore, the rapid growth of solar power plants under national feed-in tariffs will gradually be replaced by agricultural photovoltaics.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) recently identified land scarcity and grid congestion as the two main reasons behind the limited success of six solar auctions in Japan. IRENA also pointed out the high cost of photovoltaic installations in the Japanese market. It said that in addition to high land costs and grid congestion, it is particularly difficult to obtain permits for solar parks with a scale of more than 40 MW in Japan because of the lengthy approval process.