Fewer new wind farm installations in Japan

Many of Japan’s politicians have said the country has to look to renewable energy sources for the future, yet the country’s new wind energy installations will drop by 68 percent in the current fiscal year.

About 82 megawatts of wind energy will have been installed by the end of the fiscal year, a report by the Japan Wind Power Association points out. During the previous fiscal year, the country managed to install 256 megawatts.

The reason for the significant drop in new wind turbines capacity is that the government stopped in 2010 a program that was providing subsidies for a third of the cost of renewable energy projects, according to the association.

Despite eliminating subsidies Japan has considered since the quake and tsunami that struck the country last March the need to switch from nuclear power sources toward renewable sources, like wind energy, solar power or geothermal energy.