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Japan's solar reforms cast shadow on renewable energy

Booting do-nothing power license holders slashes potential capacity

SoftBank Group purchased this massive solar power plant developed by Marubeni.

TOKYO -- Japan's crackdown on licensed solar power providers who never began operations could set back renewable energy development in the country and put more facilities in the hands of a few major players.

Like a number of its peers, Enblue was forced recently to scrap a pending megasolar project. The Tokyo-based energy consultancy and solar power operator had planned to buy for 100 million yen ($882,500) the necessary land in Gunma Prefecture and a license to sell power at a hefty 36 yen per kilowatt-hour from the owner of those sales rights.

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