Renewable energy has become an ever more important subject contributing to decarbonization due to the United Nations’ adoption of “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, which sets sustainable development goals in energy, economical development, employment and climate changes (SDGs), and the Paris Agreement, which aims to balance between the greenhouse gas emission by human activity and its removal using absorber by the latter half of this century.
Our nation has set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26% in 2030 from 2013 levels. Also, the target assumes the introduction of renewable energy shall reach to 22-24% including 7% of PV (64GW accumulated) according to the long-term energy supply and demand outlook set in 2015. Renewable energy was positioned as a major power supply source for the first time in the “5th Strategic Energy Plan” set in July 2018. PV is expected to expand taking a main role as the major power supply source.
On the other hand, the Feed in Tariff system in Japan, set in 2012 and drove wide development of renewable energy introduction, was amended in 2017 and now it is in the middle of consideration for drastic reform towards 2020. Thus, renewable energy is now at the phase to evolve to be an independent major power supply source well accepted by local communities, competitive in cost and a long-term stable power supply source, by reviewing the right balance between the renewable energy introduction and the national burden.
In such a drastic environmental transition surrounding PV, our association continues to make efforts in sharing information among industry players, establishment of guidelines and communication to society. We establish “Solar Power Generation Business Evaluation Guide” in 2018 for the sake of proper spreading of PV as a long-term stable power supply source and stimulation of secondly transactions of generated power from PV, thanks to the participation from the concerned parties. Additionally, we made a brochure describing stand-alone operation of PV system that can be utilized in the case of blackout caused by disaster, and we appeal to users to make sure how to use them.
“What we, as a member of the PV industry, can contribute to our national energy policy”, we would like to continue discussing to make renewable energy more economically efficient, and develop the industry as a next generation valuable energy network having a growing presence in our National energy infrastructure.
From a global environment and energy point of view, we will continue to make efforts to increase the social value of PV. We wish to have your further support and cooperation with sincere appreciation.