Tokyo Gas, Shizen Energy launch solar development venture

The liquefied natural gas distributor and its partner plan to start jointly developing an initial 60 MW of capacity “as soon as possible,” according to an online statement.

JRE breaks ground on 22.3 MW near Tokyo

Japan Renewable Energy (JRE) started building the project this week on a 25.3-hectare plot of land in Tsuchiura, Ibaraki prefecture.

Renova surges on Tokyo trading debut

Shares of the Japanese renewables developer — which has a solar portfolio of 270 MW — jumped ¥675 ($5.98) to an opening-day closing price of ¥1,425 on the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s (TSE) Mothers board.

Dai-Ichi Life, Japan Post Insurance start jointly financing PV

The two insurance firms have already provided ¥10 billion ($88.4 million) in project financing for an undisclosed solar project near Tokyo and another in the Tohoku region, on the northern end of the island of Honshu.

First Solar secures financing for 59.5 MW in Japan

Mizuho Bank arranged the ¥27 billion ($240 million) syndicated loan for the array in Ishikawa prefecture.

Kong Sun forecasts 2016 net profit

The solar investment group will likely swing back to the black from a net loss of roughly 98.9 million yuan ($14.4 million) in the 12 months to December 31, 2015.

JinkoSolar supplies 30 MW to Dongfeng Nissan in China

The Chinese PV giant claims the project will be “the world’s largest solar canopy.”

Thai Solar Energy to develop 155 MW in northern Japan

The Bangkok-based company acquired the rights to build and run a 154.98 MW solar array in Onikobe, Miyagi prefecture.

Yingli to provide 50.6 MW to X-Elio in Japan

The Chinese PV manufacturer will supply its solar panels to the Spanish utility-scale PV developer for two projects.

Toyota debuts new Prius with rooftop PV option in Japan

The 2017 Prius plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHV) is the first commercially available, mass-produced passenger car to feature an optional solar charging system.