About this web site

About this web site

As countries adopted systems that allow power companies to purchase electricity generated using renewable energy sources for a long term at a flat rate (feed-in tariff), large-scale photovoltaic (PV) power plants with capacities over 1,000kW or 1MW ("mega-solar" power plants) are being constructed one after another. To stably operate such PV power plants for a long term, high technologies are required, and various risks are involved. To ensure that the budding mega-solar market will grow in a sustainable way and that related industries will grow and develop soundly, it is necessary to accurately understand the situations in and outside our country as well as carefully watch the latest trends. On this website, we will support the sound growth of the mega-solar market and the development of related industries by providing information collected through a wide range of researches.


Staff

Publisher
Yosuke Mochizuki
Editor in Chief
Kenji Kaneko
Editors
Shinichi Kato, Yasuto Toudou, Shigenori Jinbo, Yasuhiro Kawai, Tamao Kikuchi

Advisory staff

For the planning and editing of this website, "Mega Solar Business," we receive advice from the following three specialists (in alphabetical order).

Takao Itami
the Office of PV Business Promotion, Power Electronics System Department, Toshiba Mitsubishi-electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC)
Takao Itami Born in July 7, 1951. Graduated from the Electrical Department of Niigata Prefectural Niigata Industrial High School in March 1970. Joined Toshiba Corp in the same year. Currently, he is engaged in the promotion of PV business at TMEIC.
Kazuhiko Kato
Team Leader, System Team, the Research Center for Photovoltaic Technologies (RCPVT), Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Kazuhiko Kato Graduated from the Graduate School of Science and Engineering, the University of Tsukuba (MS), in 1990. Joined Electrotechnical Laboratory (ETL), the Agency of Industrial Science and Technology, Japan's Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) (the predecessor of AIST). Doubled as an assistant for the Director, Research and Development, the Headquarters for the Promotion of the New Sunshine Project, the Agency of Industrial Science and Technology, MITI, during a period from May 1996 to April 1997 (in charge of renewable energy). Doubled as a specially-appointed endowed chair, Global Environmental Engineering, the Faculty of Engineering, the University of Tokyo, during a period from June 1997 to March 2000. In addition to researches at AIST, he has been engaged in the "PVRessQ!" which is for inspecting sites where PV power generation systems cause troubles.
Jiro Mikami
Partner at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Jiro Mikami Graduated from the University of Tokyo (LL.B.) in 1995. Registered as a lawyer in 1997 (Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association). Graduated from New York University School of Law (LL.M.) in 2002. He has expertise in project finance, real estate liquidation and securitization, J-REITs, acquisition finance, structured finance, etc. He handled project finance operations for many power generation businesses in Japan including the first power generation business project in Japan in 1998. He is a co-author of a recently published thesis entitled "How to Acquire Security Interests in the Finance for Renewable Energy Projects."

Site Map

Mega Solar Business provides the following two kinds of contents.

News

We post a domestic or foreign news article about mega-solar business every day.

Visit to Plant

Mega-solar power plants (large-scale PV power plants) have begun to be constructed in various regions across Japan, and some of them have already started operations. We visit those plants, interview relevant people, examine how the projects were launched and report their backgrounds and episodes.