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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

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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. 

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Report Author


Scott Burger focuses on global downstream PV markets for GTM Research.

Before joining GTM Research, Scott was the Director of Engineering for Circular Energy, a leading solar engineering, procurement and construction firm based out of Austin, TX. As the Director of Engineering for Circular Energy, Scott oversaw the creation of all PV system designs and proposals and aided in procurement, technology selection, and strategy. Before Circular Energy, Scott worked in a research lab studying particulate matter created during oxy-coal combustion, and worked in demand side energy management at Austin Energy. Scott graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St.Louis.

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  • Will the market follow the path of Spain or the Czech Republic, with a market pile-in and boom followed by a severe crash caused by a sharp reduction or restructuring of incentives?
  • What is the existing landscape of market suppliers, developers and integrators?
  • What are the bottlenecks, if any, that could prevent generous incentives from creating rampant demand growth akin to Germany and Italy?
  • What are the barriers to entry and where are the growth opportunities for new entrants?

contact: Justin Freedman

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