In 2023, Japan’s wind power capacity surged to over 5.2 gigawatts (GW), solidifying its position as a key player in the global renewable energy arena. Data from the Japan Wind Power Association revealed that this substantial capacity is distributed across 2,626 units, symbolising a significant contribution to Japan’s efforts to transition towards sustainable energy sources.
As per data, the year 2023 witnessed remarkable growth in Japan’s wind energy sector, with the installation of 573.2 MW of new wind projects. According to the preliminary data from the association highlights the development of 24 wind farms, collectively adding 572.3 MW of capacity and comprising 158 units. This surge in installations highlights the increasing importance of wind power in Japan’s energy mix.
In addition to advancements in onshore wind projects, Japan made notable strides in its offshore wind sector. The country achieved an installed capacity of 153.5 MW across six offshore projects, utilizing 39 units. This expansion into offshore wind energy signifies Japan’s recognition of the vast potential of its coastal waters for clean energy generation.
Furthermore, Japan’s commitment to innovation and diversification is evident in its semi-offshore wind farms. Japan is exploring innovative approaches to harness wind energy while balancing environmental considerations and energy needs. It has deployed 34.2 MW across four projects featuring 18 units.
The expansion of Japan’s wind power capacity not only contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions but also enhances energy security and fosters economic development. By implementing renewable energy technologies, Japan aims to mitigate the impacts of climate change and reduce its dependence on fossil fuels.
To move towards energy transition and boost the renewable resources, Japan continues to prioritise renewable energy development, collaboration with international partners.