The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has reported an addition of nearly 1,178MW of clean energy capacity for the nine-month period ended December 2012.

According to the data issued by the government, the country added has added 1,119MW of solar to previously installed 4,800MW of energy.

For the same period wind power capacity increased 34MW whereas biomass was up 22MW.

The additions demonstrate the country’s declining dependency on nuclear power generation, reported Bloomberg.

The rise in the renewable power generation was driven by an incentive program started in July 2012 by the government following the 2011 Fukushima atomic disaster.

Over the period, the ministry has approved applications for clean energy worth 5,236MW, above-market rates; the approvals also included applications of 3,857MW of non-residential solar power.

Among all its 47 districts, the northern island of Hokkaido accounted to most of the approvals with 26% of the applications approved for solar plants with capacity of 1MW and more.