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Tuesday, 7th April 2009
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Japan falls to 3rd in solar power rankings

Japan has lost its place as one of the world's top two leaders when it comes to solar photovoltaic capacity, it has emerged.

Research by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century found that Spain has taken Japan's place, while Germany retains the top spot, reports the Japan Times.

Tetsunari Iida, head of the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies, said that Japan's policy of requiring power companies to purchase a certain amount of renewable energy had been a failure.

He commented: "There is a huge gap between the policies of [Japan] and those of Germany and Spain, which require that power companies make long-term purchases of [renewable energy] at uniform prices."

In 2006, Tokyo's metropolitan government began a renewable energy strategy that aimed to increase the city's use of green power to 20 per cent by 2020.

Written by Graham McPherson