As a sequel to our Top 50 Operational Portfolios in Japan, it’s time to take stock of the outlook of Japanese operations and maintenance (O&M).
The cumulative capacity of the top 100 floating projects reaches over 246 MW, more than 50% of which is located in Japan.
According to the analysts at RTS Corporation, Japan installed approximately 7 GW of solar capacity in 2017, about 50% of which was taken up by the utility-scale sector, followed by the non-residential and the residential sector.
As a result of revised and lower feed-in tariff rates, the Japanese solar market experienced a downward trend in 2017. However, the market seems to point to a completely new trajectory now.
A lack of transparency and guidelines hinders the maturation of the budding solar asset marketplace, but new joint efforts promise to create a solid base for transactions.
During an in-depth session on Grid & Storage during Solar Asset Management Asia, First Solar, Japan and Bloomberg New Energy Finance reflected on grid ancillary services from PV plants and opportunities for battery deployment.
Digitalisation as a key ingredient in a maturing market: how data is transforming Solar Asset Management and O&M
During this webinar, PowerHub and Sitemark explored the irrevocable effects of digitalisation on the solar industry and more specifically in terms of Asset Management and O&M.
Despite the rapid introduction rate of new systems, it is equally as important to maximise the value of the existing systems. Therefore, on an industry level, it is of crucial value to make use of repowering tools in systems, which either need or could benefit from it. Particularly, considering the high Japanese feed-in tariffs, repowering is certainly a prudent choice to gain the most out of these tariffs.
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 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.