Wind energy capacity to rise 8.2% in Japan

Power capacity from new wind turbines installations will rise 8.2 percent to 92 megawatts in the year ending March 31, an industry group forecast this week.

The country added 85 megawatts of capacity for a total of 256 megawatts in the previous fiscal year, according to the Japan Wind Power Association.

Last year’s drop came after direct state subsidies ended that paid for a third of the cost of renewable energy projects in favor of a feed-in tariff program that started in July and pays above-market rates for such projects as solar power, wind energy and geothermal energy.