Solar Power Output Halted for 2nd Day in Kyushu

Economy

Fukuoka, Oct. 14 (Jiji Press)--Kyushu Electric Power Co. <9508> had part of solar power generators using the utility's power grid in the Kyushu region halt operations to balance electricity supply and demand for the second consecutive day on Sunday.

The supply-demand balance adjustment, deemed necessary to avoid a major blackout in the southwestern Japan region, were carried out for seven hours through 4 p.m. (7 a.m. GMT).

Kyushu Electric, which has restarted nuclear reactors, is likely to see more supply surges chiefly on weekends, when industrial demand drops, and move to prevent oversupply through suspension of solar power generation.

If the Kyushu power supplier repeats the balance-keeping practice, solar power operators, which sell electricity to the utility under the feed-in tariff system, would see their earnings go down.

Some people have voiced concerns over the move putting a brake on the expansion of the use of renewable energy sources, people familiar with the situation said.

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