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.
Solar Asset Management Asia set to provide a panorama overview of operating solar assets and portfolios in Japan
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.
Interview with Alectris Japan about current market conditions & future outlooks.
Land-use constraints are forcing developers to look at floating PV. Proponents say the concept makes good economic sense.
The Japanese government is expected to approve revisions to the feed-in tariff (FIT) law this spring that will impose new operation and maintenance (O&M) requirements on owners of solar plants from April 2017, but the potential impact on the market remains a matter of speculation.
We are happy to share with you a new overview focused on the Japanese market. This time, we have looked at the largest solar plants, which are yet to become operational. Most of the assets in this list are already in construction phase, but still await completion.
Larger-scale installations and residential PV-plus storage look set to become more the norm in Japan.
The Japanese market has remained highly dynamic over the last months. Recent announcements have talked of curtailment regulation, decreases in the FITs and the first 1.500V plants coming online. And solar portfolios, while not yet following Europe’s example of an active secondary market for operational assets, are steadily growing almost exclusively due to new plant coming on line.
Hundreds of companies have registered to become power purchasers and suppliers when Japan’s retail electricity market frees up in 2016. They won’t have it easy, though.