Japan: Insights in Solar Investor Landscape Fragmentation

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Japan: Insights in Solar Investor Landscape Fragmentation

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.

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Top 30 Solar PV Portfolios in Japan

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Top 30 Solar PV Portfolios in Japan

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.

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The Revised Feed-In Tariff: A New Chapter for Solar in Japan

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The Revised Feed-In Tariff: A New Chapter for Solar in Japan

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.

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Floating solar plants: Niche rising to the surface?

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Floating solar plants: Niche rising to the surface?

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.

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Top 30 Operational Portfolios in Japan

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Top 30 Operational Portfolios 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.

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BNEF White Paper: Japan's Likely 2030 Energy Mix - More Gas and Solar (日本語で読む)

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BNEF White Paper: Japan's Likely 2030 Energy Mix - More Gas and Solar (日本語で読む)

Bloomberg New Energy Finance analysts have examined the Japanese government’s draft long-term energy outlook and concluded that their figures are not in line with market trends nor current policies. There are significant differences between the government’s outlook and Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s analysis, which shows a larger share of renewables and gas power and a smaller contribution from nuclear and coal.

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Top 20+ Japanese solar PV plants in pipeline or under construction

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Top 20+ Japanese solar PV plants in pipeline or under construction

One of the major characteristics of the Japanese PV market is the enormous pipeline of projects. Around  50 GW of projects have been approved and are waiting to be taken to the next phase of development or construction.
For this reason, as part of our preparation for the conference Solar Asset Management Asia (June 24-25, Tokyo), we have created an overview of the 23 largest PV projects in Japan that have plans to be realized in a few years.

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