IN DEPTH: The lure of Japan

SunPower panels in Gunma prefecture

SunPower panels in Gunma prefecture

Japan’s PV market has always been something of a walled garden to foreign companies — exotic and alluring, but mostly off limits.

This was true in the 1990s, when Japanese electronics behemoths such as Sharp, Kyocera and Sanyo transformed into world-class PV manufacturers on the strength of their home market; and it was equally true just a few years ago, by which time the Japanese market had become a backwater compared to Europe.

Yet over the past year the picture has changed dramatically.

In what feels like the blink of an eye, Japan has re-emerged as a PV market of worldwide significance. And today nearly every globally active module maker is selling into Log in to read complete article.

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