More investment is needed for Japan to meet its wind power installation goals

New figures from the Japan Wind Power Association (JWPA) showed that the country had installed nearly 4.6 gigawatts (GW) of wind power capacity from 2,574 generating units by the end of 2021. Japan is targeting around 28 GW of wind power capacity by 2030.

Japan installed 87 new wind turbines at 16 different sites totaling 221 megawatts (MW) of capacity in 2021, a 28% reduction from the capacity added in 2020, according to JWPA figures.

Renewable energy expert Karah Howard of Pinsent Masons said: “JWPA has set aggressive medium-term installation targets of around 11 GW by 2020 and around 28 GW by 2030. about 28 GW, with a ratio of 2% and 9% to total demand respectively. Given JWPA’s report of an actual installed capacity of 4.5 GW by the end of 2021, considerable effort and investment will be required to achieve these targets, although the operational capacity of 700 MW for 2022 and the announcement of four new projects to be operated between 2028 and 2030 with an operational capacity of 1.7 GW, will undoubtedly be useful.

Japan currently has 700 MW of onshore wind projects under construction, which are expected to be operational in 2022. No new offshore wind turbines became operational in 2021, but there are two offshore wind farms under construction: the Port of Akita projects of 55 MW and the port of Noshiro of 88 MW. , both located in Akita Prefecture. These should start operating in 2022.

The country has received bids for four general marine sites for a total capacity of 1.7 GW, JWPA said. The Japanese government plans to approve sites with a total capacity of 10 GW and operate 5.7 GW of capacity by 2030.

In December 2020, the Japanese government set a target to install 10 GW of offshore wind power by 2030 and 45 GW by 2040 as part of its plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.