Subsidy for Residential PV systems

Source: JOIN IEA/IRENA Policy and Measures Database
Last updated: 3 February 2016

A new subsidy scheme to encourage the installation of solar PV systems in the residential sector is to be offered, following from the previous scheme which ended in 2006 (see separate entry).

The subsidy will be offered to individuals who install PV systems in their homes, and the subsidy amount is to be JPY 35 thousand per kW (in case the cost of PV system is under JPY 475 thousand per kW) or JPY 30 thousand per kW (in case the cost of PV system is under 550 thousand per kW).

The following conditions will apply for individuals to be eligible to receive the subsidy:

  • The installation cost (including PV modules, its peripheral equipment, distribution lines, installation work, etc.) should be JPY 550,000 per kW or less and the maximum output is 10kW;
  • The PV system must have proper quality certification such as JET certification;
  • The PV system must have the proper efficiency according to its type (conversion efficiency must exceed the standard value according to type of cell);
  • The PV system must have a long-term warranty provided by the manufacturer;

The subsidy scheme has been implemented since 1 January 2009, and applications are open till 29 January 2010.

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