More and more countries, from Japan and beyond, are chasing the idea of placing photovoltaics on massive bodies of water. These so called ‘floating solar systems’ also known as ‘floatovoltaics’ can indeed be a plausible solution in situations with limited roof and/or ground space.
In the run-up to Solar Asset Management Asia 2018 and in order to decipher the extent of appetite for storage-backed solar in Japan, we have accumulated a list of top 15 PV+storage projects in the country. This list comprises both operational and under-construction mega solar projects.
In an interview with Solarplaza in the run-up to Solar Asset Management Asia 2018, the Programme Leader, Solar Power, Asia-Pacific of the Mott MacDonald Group, Phil Napier-Moore, explores the main differences in irradiation and yield estimation methods.
During this webinar, meteocontrol's Yoshitaka Santoki reflected on tools utilised for data analytics, best practices regarding their effective implementation, risk mitigation strategies, and OPEX optimisation adapted to the specific conditions of the Japanese solar PV market.
As the calendar inches towards the Solar Asset Management Asia Conference 2018, we review the top 30 solar asset owners in the Japanese market and reflect on the changes occurred, concerning the solar asset ownership in Japan over the last year.
RTS Corporation reflects on the recent tender in Japan and what its results signal for the Japanese solar market and the future tenders planned by the government.
While new PV installations in Japan experienced slow growth in 2017 and are expected to decline in 2018 and beyond, the monitoring market is poised to follow a very different trajectory.
Following his inspiring keynote at the third Solar Asset Management Asia conference, Solarplaza interviewed Masayuki Sakai, CEO of CO2O, one of Japan's leading O&M and Due Dilligence providers in the solar industry. In this interview he shares the focus of his company's activities and their vision on the Japanese solar market.
Through a joint venture with Suntech, Meteocontrol recently made its entry into the Japanese market. To find out more about their vision, approach and experiences we spoke to Mr. Yoshitaka Santoki, Representative Director at meteocontrol Japan Corporation.
On May 9, 2017, Solarplaza organized the webinar “Due diligence activities in a solar transaction in Japan”. Eugene Roussin, partner at KPMG, and David Vallejo, executive director at Solarig joined the webinar as speakers and discussed tax issues related to the acquisition of solar projects and the main technical considerations in assessing the current performance of a solar asset. The entire video recording of the webinar and the speakers’ slides can be freely accessed here.
In their upcoming report ‘Solar PV Asset Management 2017-2022: Markets, Investors, Asset Managers and Software’, GTM Research and SOLICHAMBA partnered with Solarplaza to analyze the Japanese investor landscape, and found that Japan has the most fragmented investor landscape of all the major markets analyzed in the report, including the U.S., Canada, Germany, Italy, the U.K., France, Spain, Chile, and India.
As part of our continuous involvement in the Japanese solar market, we again take stock of the solar asset ownership in the Japanese market, also comparing the current status to last year's situation to reflect on the changes regarding PV plant ownership. We have come up with a ‘Top 30’, for which we have considered industrial and utility-scale plants with a capacity above 10 kW. It can be seen that the market has remained highly dynamic, with many owners increasing the capacity of their solar portfolios.
On 21st February 2017, Solarplaza organized the webinar “Solar Market Regulations and O&M developments in Japan”. Izumi Kaizuka, Research Division Manager at RTS Corp, and Martin Mesmer, Director of Operations at GSSG Solar joined the webinar as speakers and discussed the latest market regulation developments and O&M trends in Japan. The entire video recording of the webinar and the speakers’ slides can be freely accessed here.
To get a grasp of the specialized O&M segment, we decided to look into the largest O&M providers active in Japan in terms of ‘third party services’, strictly referring to companies that do not own the assets they provide services to (even if O&M is not their only activity).
This article by RTS Corporation outlines some of the major recent changes in Japan's Feed-in Tariff Program. To learn more about the FIT-scheme, also consult our new complimentary whitepaper.
More and more PV plants across the world are being installed on water. These so called ‘floating solar systems’ (or ‘floatovoltaics’) are an appropriate solution to situations where roof and/or ground space is limited. But just how big is this niche? Where are these floating plants located and what is their size? Solarplaza delved into these questions and came up with a Top 70 Floating PV Plants, as well as several interesting facts you probably want to know.
Martin is responsible for ensuring each project in GSSG Solar’s Japanese portfolio is designed and built to the highest quality and performance standards available.
Mr.Takahashi has been working as a real estate appraiser since 1996. He is a Real Estat Transaction Specialist at JAREA (Japan Association of Real Estate Appraisars), where he is also a committee member.
2016 will be a year of change for solar PV players in Japan. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) confirmed in March that the FiT rates will be reduced by 11% and large projects may no longer receive supports.
Distributed-generation solar could account for more than half of all new capacity additions in Japan this year, as industry momentum continues to shift in favour of smaller, decentralized installations.