SoftBank, Sharp Consider Venture for Solar Engineering ServicesBy
The partners also plan to offer operations and maintenance services for solar stations, Kenichi Yuasa, a spokesman for SB Energy Corp., the clean-energy projects unit wholly owned by SoftBank, said by phone Thursday.
The venture, in which SB Energy will have a majority, plans to start operations early next year, the Nikkei newspaper reported earlier, without saying where it got the information. SB Energy plans to announce a decision as early as December, Yuasa said.
The venture expects to cut costs to set up solar-power stations by working together and sourcing supplies and services directly, he said.
Sharp has been reorganizing its solar business to focus on its home market. The Osaka-based company has been developing solar panels since 1959.
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