Draker Laboratories, a provider of turnkey monitoring and asset management solutions for commercial and utility-scale solar photovoltaic projects, has announced it is entering the Japanese market through a strategic partnership with EKO Instruments Co., Ltd. In 2011, the Japanese solar PV market was the sixth largest in the world and is expected to grow larger as its solar feed-in-tariff program is introduced in July of this year as part of the country’s renewable energy strategy.
The partnership will offer Draker’s innovative solar monitoring and control solutions integrated with EKO’s environmental instruments. EKO will handle marketing, sales, project management and installation services for Draker’s commercial and utility-scale solar monitoring, asset management and control packages. Draker will provide technical and product support to EKO and collaborate closely with the EKO team to develop integrated turnkey solutions for customers in Japan.
The two companies expect that as the Japanese FIT program takes effect in July, the country’s build out of large commercial and utility-scale solar PV projects will accelerate.