Japan

Solar Frontier reveals production halts in Japan

Solar Frontier has halted operations at its 150 MW Tohoku plant in northeastern Japan and has revealed plans to shut down production at its flagship 900 MW Kunitomi plant in late December, in line with plans to consolidate production in the southern prefecture of Miyazaki.

Japan: Canadian Solar raises $66 million with dual-tenor green project bond

The solar PV giant has completed its second green project bond placement with Goldman Sachs Japan.

imec, Panasonic develop highly conductive solid nanocomposite electrolyte

The Belgian research institute and the Japanese electronics group say they have developed a solid nanocomposite electrolyte with a lithium ion conductivity several times greater than in its liquid equivalent.

Toshiba posts $439.5 million H1 loss as solar ops struggle

Toshiba has posted a group net loss of JPY 49.8 billion ($439.5 million) for the first half of the current Japanese fiscal year, but the bleak outlook for its solar operations is the least of its concerns, as it struggles to cover losses from its bankrupt U.S. nuclear business and avoid being delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE).

Mitsubishi Electric completes 2.6 MW floating plant

Mitsubishi Electric and Tokyo-based Sumitomo Mitsui Construction have finished building a 2.6 MW floating solar plant on a pond in western Japan.

Renova breaks ground on 22 MW in Japan

Renewables developer Renova has broken ground on a 21.6 MW (DC) solar plant in central Honshu, Japan.

SoftBank unit to build 102 MW in Japan

SB Energy, a subsidiary of Japanese telecoms group SoftBank, has revealed plans to build a 102.3 MW solar project in northern Japan, backed by 27 MWh of lithium ion storage capacity.

Panasonic posts $1.04 billion profit in H1

Panasonic recorded a net profit of JPY 118.9 billion ($1.04 billion) for the first half of the current fiscal year, from JPY 133.5 billion a year earlier, as sales of its PV systems fell.

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CSIF acquires initial Japan PV portfolio for $267 million

Canadian Solar’s new PV investment vehicle has followed its recent trading debut in Tokyo with the acquisition of 13 solar projects in Japan for JPY 30.4 billion ($267 million).

NTT Facilities finishes building 23 MW in eastern Japan

NTT Facilities has connected 23.37 MW of solar capacity to the grid in eastern Japan’s Fukushima prefecture.