American solar company First Solar revealed last week the details of a $100 million investment in Japan’s PV market. The company will partner with a number of local companies in order to develop, build and operate solar power plants throughout the country in an effort to further advance Japans post-Fukushima solar energy landscape.
The Japanese government has set a solar power target of 28 GW by 2020, and this latest round of investment by First Solar will help propel the country closer to its goal.
"Japan is adopting a progressive approach by incorporating clean, safe, renewable sources of power in its plans to address the gap created by idle nuclear power," said First Solar CEO James Hughes. "First Solar has proven solutions to support Japans vision of energy security and economic growth, and we will continue to invest here as part of our strategy to develop sustainable solar markets."
That strategy includes a collaboration with JX Nippon Oil and Energy Corporation, who will distribute First Solars high efficiency solar PV modules throughout Japan until April 2015.
The modules will be produced using manufacturing techniques obtained through First Solars acquisition of TetraSun an innovative process that combines the high performance qualities of high-end monocrystalline technologies with the consistent performance of conventional crystalline technology.
"We are very pleased to partner with the leading energy company JX Nippon in Japan," added Hughes. "JXs far-reaching distribution and our technology expertise will combine to deliver high quality solar power solutions to Japan. This agreement reinforces First Solars commitment to deliver safe, clean and sustainable solutions to meet Japans unique energy needs and energy security goals."