Webinars

Webinar - Japan’s FIT retroactive measures and considerations for operating in a competitive landscape


21 Feb. 2019 by

Last November, the news regarding Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) proposal on reducing the feed-in tariff for large-scale PV projects spread like wildfire across the industry.


 

The cut would affect projects approved between 2012 and 2014, which are entitled to  ¥40, ¥36 and ¥32/kWh rates. Although later in December the completion deadlines were alleviated, there are still uncertainties swirling around the measures’ implementation, and many investors and operators are threatening lawsuits against the government. Haruki Yamaya, Senior Analyst at RTS will shine light on the framework of the retroactive cuts, while reflecting on the implications for different industry players (developers, EPCs, operators and debt providers) and how these changes can affect the future trajectory of solar in Japan. 

Not only these reforms might see some of the affected projects starting operations at lower feed-in tariffs, but in reality the Japanese PV market has been slowly transitioning towards lower rates, as a result of the annual revision of the FIT-scheme and the recently introduced PV tenders (for projects above 2 MW).  These dynamics are certainly forcing operators to reshape Asset Management and O&M strategies in an increasingly competitive market. Marco Alves, an independent consultant for major stakeholders active in Japan, will provide an in-depth analysis on key aspects and major trends resulting from operations at lower feed-in tariffs.

Topics discussed in the webinar:

  • Framing the scopeof the Feed-In-Tariff retroactive measures implemented by METI
  • Two sides of a coin: METI vs. industry vision on the expected outcome of the reform
  • Impact for project development, finance and construction
  • Operating at lower FIT: evolving strategies and major trends in a competitive market