SunEdison, West in Japan solar JV

PV developer West Holdings has confirmed Japanese media reports that it will establish a joint venture with US-based SunEdison next month to offer remote-monitoring services for utility-scale solar plants in Japan.

The two companies have not yet determined the terms of the deal, a West spokesperson tells Recharge.

The joint venture will initially provide remote monitoring and control services for West Holding's PV projects in Japan, but may eventually serve solar plants operated by other companies. West and US-based SunEdison plan to set up monitoring centres in Tokyo and Hiroshima.

Based on SunEdison's initial estimates, the venture could charge as much as ¥3m ($30,000) per year to provide services to a 2MW plant, but West says this figure is tentative and could change.

Last week, West and France's Ciel et Terre started operating Japan's first floating PV project, a 1.2MW installation on a reservoir in Saitama prefecture, north of Tokyo. The ¥400m ($4m) project is the first of several PV installations that West plans to set up in the country using Ciel et Terre's Hydrelio floating platforms.