28 Jun '12, 3pm

Japan Government Continues Push for Renewables with New Investment Fund

Japan Government Continues Push for Renewables with New Investment Fund

The fund will start with initial capital of 1.5 billion yen ($19 million) from the government as early as October and will expand to about 20 billion yen, Chief Executive Officer Shuhei Abe said. The fund will mainly invest in projects including mega-solar and wind -power plants in Japan, and may also invest as much as 15 percent of assets in shares of smart-grid technology companies, he said. Sparx runs a fund that invests in Japanese companies in the smart-grid and renewable-energy technology industries amid Japan’s efforts to cut dependence on atomic energy that provided about 30 percent of the nation’s power before the Fukushima nuclear meltdown in March 2011. The Tokyo government sought companies able to manage a public-private infrastructure fund dedicated to investing in the country’s power-supply business, the nation’s first such fund, according to Abe. “This is go...

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