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Purchasing prices for April to June 2012 determined; Excess Electricity Purchasing Scheme for Photovoltaic Electricity

With respect to the Excess Electricity Purchasing Scheme for Photovoltaic Electricity (*1), which was launched in November 2009, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) determined purchasing prices for the three months (April to June) before the start of the feed-in tariff scheme for renewable energy (*2) which began on July 1 this year.

Specifically, application of the FY 2011 prices will be extended for this short three-month period in order to prevent confusion with the new system.

The purchasing prices determined for this period are under the current scheme. They are not directly related to the purchasing prices under the feed-in tariff scheme for renewable energy, which is now in preparation for enforcement.

The purchasing prices for customers who newly sign up with the electric utility during the period from April to June 2012 will be the same as those in FY 2011 as shown below.

Residential facilities less than 10 kW ¥42/kWh
  *3: Double power generation ¥34/kWh
Non-residential facilities and residential facilities of 10 kW or more ¥40/kWh
  *3 Double power generation ¥32/kWh
  *4 Facilities installed before FY 2010 ¥24/kWh
  *4 in case of double power generation ¥20/kWh

- The latest information on the scheme is in the website below, which is updated from time to time:

*1 The excess electricity purchasing scheme for photovoltaic electricity is a scheme started from November 2009 where the electric utilities purchase the excess of the electricity generated by photovoltaic power generation facilities installed at residences (net amount after household consumption) or the like at a fixed price for ten years.

*2 The feed-in tariff scheme for renewable energy obliges the electric utilities to purchase the electricity generated from renewable energy sources (solar light, wind energy, hydraulic energy, geothermal and biomass) at the rate and for the period of time set by the government. It will be enforced from July 2012. The current excess electricity purchasing scheme will be shifted to the feed-in tariff scheme for renewable energy in July this year. However, for the photovoltaic power generation facilities where the electricity is already being purchased under the current scheme, purchase will continue under the same conditions.

*3 "Double power generation" refers to the case where private power generation equipment other than photovoltaic facilities is installed in addition to the photovoltaic power generation facilities.

*4 In the case where the subsidy to support the acceleration of new energy introduction is not received, or any installation of new facilities in or after FY 2011 is not found.

Release Date

March 1, 2012

Division in Charge

Renewable Energy Promotion Office, Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

 
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