Macquarie Capital and Maeda Corporation sign JV for renewable projects in Japan
- Macquarie Capital - Macquarie Group
- Maeda Corporation
Macquarie Capital and Maeda Corporation on Monday announced the signing of a framework agreement to launch a joint venture collaborating on renewable power generation projects and broader infrastructure initiatives.
Maeda and Macquarie plan to launch the joint venture by the end of 2013 with an initial focus on the development of large-scale solar power generation projects (mega solar) in Japan.
Through this partnership, Maeda and Macquarie plan to leverage their respective expertise to cooperate on the design, investment, EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction), O&M (Operation and Maintenance), and divestiture of mega solar projects. For each project, the partners will invest in a special purpose company and raise financing, including project finance, from lenders.
The partners intend to develop a joint business in solar power projects and later expand it to include sectors such as wind power, road and airport concessions. Within the first three years of the launch, the company is targeting development of 300MW generation capacity, and total project size of JPY100 billion (around US$1 billion) in renewable energy businesses.
In addition to the introduction of the Feed-in Tariff system for renewable energy in July 2012, various new initiatives for infrastructure development in Japan, including post-earthquake redevelopment, Public Private Partnership projects related to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and concessions, have been introduced. These initiatives have led to an anticipated increase in private investment in these sectors, and the development of an infrastructure market in Japan similar to those existing in other markets.
Maeda Corporation is a comprehensive building and civil engineering contractor founded in Japan in 1919 and operating internationally since 1963. Maeda has continued its effort to expand into renewable power generation and infrastructure development projects, to expand its profit base, as well as to further strengthen its core construction business. Maeda has already started building a track record in the renewable space.