The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan recently indicates that more than 90% of the non-residential solar systems installed by companies haven’t completed grid-connection.
METI believes the lack of materials (e.g. solar panel shortage) may be the main reason. But meanwhile, it could be because companies are not willing to place orders until solar panel price decreases further so they can gain more profit while selling electricity to power companies.
With regards to this, METI will investigate on the actual progress of companies’ solar systems. The investigation focus will be on whether the companies have got the ownership of the land and whether they have started to place orders for the equipments. METI will cancel the qualification towards the company if they find out that the company deliberately delays the progress in order to gain more profit.
Since last July, Japan has started to set regulations for purchasing the power generated from renewable energy. The purpose is to restrict power companies to purchase the power generated from solar energy or wind energy within a certain period of time. Also, power companies have to pay the price regulated by the government.