Conergy lands in Japan

Conergy has further expanded its footprint in Asia with a newly established branch office in Tokyo.

The German PV solution and service provider appointed Hideyuki Otaka as managing director of the new subsidiary.

"Japan is a role model for a systematic and rapid energy transition, there is no equal," said Alexander Lenz, president of Conergy Asia & Middle East, adding that Japan is expected to have installed close to US$20 billion worth of PV systems in 2013, up 82% from $11 billion in 2012.

"This strong revenue performance for Japan this year is partly driven by the high solar prices in the country. As a company, we aim to benefit from this rapid growth in demand for solar PV installations. Over the past year we have stepped up our business development efforts in Japan and these are now showing promising results."

Japan added about 7 GW of PV systems last year, up from 2 GW in 2012. Industry watchers also expect a strong growth in 2014, with an installed capacity rising from 7 GW of new build capacity to 8 GW.

Otaka, who previously served as the head of foreign branches for Tokyo-based Sojitz Corporation, said Conergy would “leverage the experience and trust it has built in various countries worldwide and apply this to its business in the Japanese market.

Conergy will focus on engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for large-scale solar farms and industrial rooftop projects. "Over the long term, we also want to enter the market for residential rooftops," Otaka added.

Conergy has already secured a contract to realize an 830 kW solar power plant in Shinhidaka, on Japan’s second largest island Hokkaido, for local investor Fujicom. As the general contractor, Conergy will oversee the design and engineering of the plant as well as the supply of components. The company’s local construction partner, Fudosan Kanri Center, is handling the ground-mounted installation, which covers some 18,000 square meters.

The installation will comprise more than 3,300 Conergy P-Series modules on the company’s SolarLinea mounting systems. Set to be completed in April, the plant will produce more than 900 megawatt hours of energy a year on the most northerly island of the country.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, Conergy is currently constructing a large self-consumption plant in Italy.

The company is installing the 250 kW PV plant on the 4,000 square meters of roof space at the factory building of Gemata, a manufacturer of machines for leather processing in the north Italian community of Trissino in the Province of Vicenza in Veneto.

The plant comprises 980 Conergy PowerPlus modules and will produce some 250,000 kilowatt hours of energy a year once it has been connected in March. Gemata will consume 75 percent of the power directly on site in its production facility.