Japanese electronics firm Kyocera announced Tuesday that it is expanding its solar energy business in Thailand — with the company planning on increasing sales in the country by 2.5 times during the year ending 31 March 2018 when compared with the previous year.
Kyocera, Gaia Power, Kyudenko Corporation and Tokyo Century announced Tuesday that Kanoya Osaki Solar Hills — a PV company jointly established by the four companies — has started construction on a 92M PV project in Japan.
In this week's Movers & Shakers, PV Tech investigates Bill Gates' US$1 billion clean energy fund Breakthrough Energy Ventures, by speaking to new Science lead Eric Toone. We also report on Glasspoint Solar and Lark Energy's US expansions, new executive appointments in Asian firms Kyocera and 3TIER India, and thousands of energy jobs in the pipeline in the wake of Spain's renewable energy tenders.
Japanese electronics firm Kyocera Corporation reported continued pressure on its solar sector sales as solar panel price erosion and weaker demand continued to impact financials of its Applied Ceramic Products Group Sales.
Land constraints, hilly terrain and adverse weather conditions are among the many practical complications facing solar developers in Japan. David Pratt looks at some of the technical solutions being devised in response to Japan’s challenges.
Japan’s Kyocera has said tough market conditions contributed to declining sales for its solar products in its homeland over the first half of this financial year, but said that the market for onsite consumption of PV power helped it to an improvement in the third quarter.