The Japan PV Market, 2012-2016: A New Era of Solar or the Beginning of a Boom-Bust Cycle?


In July, 2012, Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) introduced a restructured feed-in tariff in order to spike investments in large-scale renewable energy and photovoltaics. Market segmentation and development in Japan are anticipated to change significantly in the near future, with residential market share projected to fall sharply by 2013 and shift towards commercial, industrial, and small and large utility markets. These sectors are expected to grow quickly through 2016, creating more room for foreign manufacturers.

FIGURE: Commercial, Industrial and Small Utility Demand Projections

Source: GTM Research

This 41-page report provides in-depth market landscapes as well as an understanding of incentives, value chains, sales channels, market players, projections, and strategies for market entry and survival.

FIGURE: Japan PV Market Summary

Source: GTM Research

Companies analyzed in this report include Kyocera, Mitsubishi Electric, Solar Frontier, Kaneka, Sharp, Panasonic, CanadianSolar, JA Solar, Trina Solar, Moser Baer, Suntech, and Yingli Solar, among others.

Hear report author, Scott Burger, talk about this research and the Japan PV market in Greentech Media's podcast below. 

Take Five - The Japan Solar PV Market, 2012-2016 by Greentech: Take Five

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