Two of Germany and Japan’s biggest solar companies, Belectric and Solar Frontier, are to form an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) alliance with Shoseki Engineering & Construction (SEC) focusing on Japan’s ‘mega’ solar market.
Belectric and Solar Frontier have been working together since 2010 and set up a joint venture, PV CIStems, in 2012 to work on projects around the world, but the new arrangement will concentrate specifically on Japan’s large-scale PV market.
SEC is a subsidiary of the parent company of Solar Frontier, Showa Shell Sekiyu, with a background in oil refining.
Together, the companies said they would combine their expertise in thin-film solar power plant construction to drive up the efficiency, construction speed and investment returns on large-scale PV plants.
The companies said they had already worked together on the Kunitomi Megasolar project in Miyazaki, Japan, which began operating in March this year. They added that a project in Kagoshima that started this November would be the first for the trio under the new formalised alliance.