Mubadala makes first renewable energy investment in Japan

Investment highlights Mubadala’s growing portfolio of renewable and clean energy companies

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Somshankar Bandyopadhyay

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Japan is targeting to install 108GW of solar capacity by 2030. — Supplied photo
Japan is targeting to install 108GW of solar capacity by 2030. — Supplied photo

Published: Mon 20 May 2024, 5:24 PM

Mubadala Investment Company, the Abu Dhabi sovereign investor, has made a cornerstone investment in PAG’s Asia Pacific renewable energy platform, primarily focused on supplying solar power to corporations across Japan.

PAG REN I will leverage PAG’s multi-decade experience in the Japanese real-estate space as well as the expertise of its in-house renewable energy team, PAG Renewables. The platform aims to operate across developed Asia Pacific economies with a strong focus on Japan, and will support Japan’s ambitious solar plans, with the country targeting to install 108GW of solar capacity by 2030.


Hammad Rahman, head of Asia Pacific – traditional infrastructure at Mubadala, said: “Mubadala is excited to extend our presence in Japan and the wider Asia Pacific Region alongside PAG, with our first investment in the country’s rapidly growing clean energy sector. This investment will help reduce carbon emissions and the reliance on imported fuels in line with Japan’s domestic and international emission reduction targets. In particular, the provision of sustainable energy solutions to the corporate and industrial sectors is a key thematic for our infrastructure strategy, and we are pleased to execute on this theme in a major global economy such as Japan.”

PAG REN I will play a critical role in supporting large corporations across Japan as they transition to clean energy, capitalising on Japan’s corporate power purchase agreement framework to help businesses purchase electricity directly from renewable energy suppliers on a long-term basis. Japan is home to the second highest number of organisations committed to sourcing 100 per cent clean energy after the US, under the RE100 initiative.


“We are pleased to partner with Mubadala on this major investment in renewable energy infrastructure,” said J-P Toppino, co-founder and president of PAG. “Japan has a significant commitment to increasing solar power generation, and we are proud to support the country’s ambitious goals. We look forward to participating in Asia’s energy transition,” he added.

In addition to accelerating Japan’s decarbonisation programme, PAG REN I will help achieve the country’s energy security ambitions by shifting the country’s energy supply chain away from imported energy sources and towards domestic sources of energy.

The investment highlights Mubadala’s growing portfolio of renewable and clean energy companies and technologies across Asia, Europe, and North America. In 2022, Mubadala invested in Tata Power’s renewables platform in India to support the company with its target of contributing 30GW, 6 per cent, of India’s total installed renewable energy capacity by 2030. In the same year, Mubadala acquired a stake in Skyborn Renewables, the world’s largest private offshore wind developer.



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