Dec 6 (Reuters) - Sales of solar cell modules in Japan more than tripled from a year earlier
to 2,075 megawatts in the July-September quarter, industry data showed on Friday, helped by a
jump in demand from users taking advantage of a subsidy scheme.
In July, 2012, Japan introduced a feed-in tariff (FIT) programme under which regional power
utilities are required to buy power from renewable energy suppliers at pre-set premiums for up
to 20 years.
The move, aimed at helping the world's third-biggest economy shift away from its reliance on
nuclear power after the March 2011 Fukushima disaster, is spurring billions of dollars in
Below is a table of solar cell module shipments provided by the Japan Photovoltaic Energy
Association in megawatts, with percentage change from year-ago data in parentheses:
July-Sept 2013 Apr-June 2013 Jan-Mar 2013 Oct-Dec 2012
Local cells 877 (+99.4) 729 (+124.0) 934 (n/a) 667 (n/a)
Imported cells 1,198 (+540.0) 925 (+671.8) 800 (n/a) 336 (n/a)
Domestic shipments 2,075 (+230.9) 1,654 (+271.4) 1,734 (n/a) 1,003 (n/a)
Exports 38 (-59.6) 10 (-90.2) 103 (n/a) 102 (n/a)