Marubeni and Zep Solar Sign Sole Distributorship Agreement for the Japanese Market

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Zep Solar Innovative Mounting System for the Booming PV Market in Japan

Marubeni Corporation (below Marubeni) and Zep Solar today announced a sole distributorship agreement to broadly promote and distribute Zep Solar’s groundbreaking PV mounting technology in Japan. Zep Solar, an independent business unit of SolarCity, has enabled industry-leading improvements in solar mounting technology. Maurbeni is one of Japan’s largest global trading companies—with specialties in energy, natural resources, and agriculture—has over 25 years of experience in the photovoltaic industry. The agreement provides Marubeni sales rights in Japan, and will enable Marubeni to pursue substantial market penetration across a diverse portfolio of residential and commercial customers.

As solar incentives in Japan undergo planned reductions over the next several years, the residential and commercial markets can remain strong by achieving reduced system costs and simpler installation solutions. In an era where reducing costs is becoming increasingly important, Zep Solar’s products present a unique cost reduction opportunity for its partners in Japan.

Zep Solar’s patented mounting solutions for residential and commercial applications eliminate the rails used in conventional mounting systems, greatly reducing installation time and material costs. In addition, Zep Solar’s system simplifies logistics, design and installation while enhancing the structural strength, safety and aesthetic appearance of solar arrays. Zep Solar is a leading mounting system provider in the U.S. with over 300 MW of installed capacity in 2013.    

Marubeni, having the largest energy portfolio of all Japanese trading companies, has developed a strong presence in the PV solar market with global-scale businesses across the entire PV value chain. Last year in Japan, the company expanded its presence to supply solar panels to the residential market and implement the largest mega solar project in the country. As part of the agreement, Marubeni will utilize its extensive network to promote sales of Zep Solar’s solutions to module manufacturers, installers and developers in the Japanese market.

About Zep Solar
Zep Solar LLC was founded in 2009 by PV industry veterans to advance the proliferation of solar energy through well-designed PV mounting and grounding products. Zep Solar licenses its patented Zep Groove technology to a growing list of top-tier PV module and power electronics manufacturers and manufactures its own line of complementary mounting and grounding hardware – offering the world's first comprehensive platform for PV system installation. The Zep Compatible platform drastically reduces the cost and complexity of designing, shipping, warehousing and installing PV systems.

Established:February 2009
Headquarters:161 Mitchell Blvd. Suite 104 San Rafael, CA 94903, U.S.A.
CEO:Mike Miskovsky
Installed capacity:> 300 MW

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