Leasing & Finance Company to Invest Nearly $700 Million in Japan’s Solar Power Market

Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!

Japanese finance and leasing company Orix Corp. plans to make 54 billion yen ($680 million) of solar power investments over the next three years. Some 30 billion yen will be invested in solar power farms, while another 24 billion yen is to be invested in leasing rooftop space and installing solar panels on factories and warehouses, Bloomberg News reports.

The Japanese government last month launched a renewable energy feed-in tariff (FiT) program that subsidizes solar, wind, and other renewable energy installations by paying above-market rates and paying for them via consumer surcharges. Japan’s solar FiT has been set at 42 yen-per-kilowatt-hour for 20 years, which is about three times the amount industrial consumers paid for electricity in the 12 months ending in March 2012, according to Bloomberg’s report.

Solar Feed-in Tariff Spurs Solar PV Investment

Introduction of the FiT is attracting a growing number of investors and renewable energy project developers to Japan’s solar energy market. In total, Orix management expects to bring some 200 MW of clean, renewable electrical power online. The finance and leasing company may increase its investments to as much as 100 billion yen in order to add some 400 MW of solar power capacity to Japan’s growing total, Orix spokeswoman Tamaki Shibata told Bloomberg.

Earlier this month, Orix announced it might allocate as much as 80 billion yen ($1 billion) to make private equity investments in China’s water, machinery, and renewable energy sectors over the next two years. Solar power and sewage treatment plants are prospects for Orix’s China investments, according to news reports. Three months ago, Orix announced it would purchase a 14.5% equity stake in Hong Kong-based China Water Affairs Group.

Last October, Orix subsidiary Orix Rentec Corp. announced it was launching testing services and performance evaluations for renewable energy equipment, including solar PV panels, at a newly established Kobe Testing Center. Along with testing renewable energy equipment, Orix Rentec intends to help customers enhance product performance and reduce installation costs. In addition to solar PV panels, Orix will test storage battery recharging and discharging and reliability.

Have a tip for CleanTechnica? Want to advertise? Want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Latest CleanTechnica TV Video

I don't like paywalls. You don't like paywalls. Who likes paywalls? Here at CleanTechnica, we implemented a limited paywall for a while, but it always felt wrong — and it was always tough to decide what we should put behind there. In theory, your most exclusive and best content goes behind a paywall. But then fewer people read it!! So, we've decided to completely nix paywalls here at CleanTechnica. But...
Like other media companies, we need reader support! If you support us, please chip in a bit monthly to help our team write, edit, and publish 15 cleantech stories a day!
Thank you!

CleanTechnica uses affiliate links. See our policy here.