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The Japan Wind Power Association (JWPA) announced last week that the country has ended 2021 with an installed wind power production capacity of 4,581 MW from 2,574 generating units.
Over the past year, Japan has installed 87 new wind turbines at 16 different sites, which represent a net new capacity of 221 MW. JWPA says that this was a 28% decrease from the capacity added in 2020.
All of the new capacity came from onshore projects as Japan did not install any new offshore turbines in 2021, JWPA pointed out.
Last year, the country also decommissioned two floating offshore wind turbines with a combined capacity of 7 MW in Fukushima prefecture.
At present, Japan has two large-scale offshore wind farms under construction, the 55-MW Akita Port and the 88-MW Noshiro Port, both located in Akita prefecture and scheduled to start operation in 2022.
The country has received bids for four general sea sites for a total capacity of 1.7 GW, JWPA noted.