By Brian Publicover in Tokyo
Tuesday, December 17 2013
month, the three companies started developing a solar plant in southern
Japan’s Kagoshima prefecture, Solar Frontier said in a statement, without
disclosing further details.
The strategic alliance is “designed to deliver greater value” and
cater to Japanese “demand for ‘total solutions” by matching Solar Frontier’s PV modules with Belectric’s know-how in utility-scale solar installation
and SEC’s ties with key suppliers in the Japanese market, the Tokyo-based thin-film panel maker said.
Frontier, a subsidiary of Showa Shell Sekiyu, has collaborated on PV projects with Belectric since 2010. In 2012, the two sides set up a joint venture,
PV CIStems, to develop solar projects outside of Japan.
alliance agreement formalizes (our) co-operation going forward to achieve further efficiency in execution, faster project completion and optimized return
on investment,” Solar Frontier said.
late October, Solar Frontier delivered 86MW of modules to industrial engineering specialist Chiyoda Corp. for 18 solar projects throughout Japan.
Belectric, meanwhile, increasingly appears to be focusing on forging alliances. In September, it revealed plans to work with PV giant First Solar on projects in Europe and North Africa via a new, Germany-based joint venture called PV Projects.
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