Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Future grows darker for solar energy growth in Japan

File photo of workers setting up a solar panel at a solar power field in Kawasaki, near TokyoBy James Topham and Aaron Sheldrick TOKYO (Reuters) – On the second anniversary of a scheme aimed at boosting Japan's renewable energy after the Fukushima crisis, its powerful industry ministry is taking steps critics say will choke off solar investment and pave the way for a return to nuclear power. Japan's ambitious plans for solar in the past two years — if they were to come on stream — could allow the country to surpass Germany as the world's biggest consumer of solar power. Solar industry participants say METI's actions mean it does not make commercial sense to invest in the renewables sector. "I really can't understand what METI is up to.

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