Japan-based Yaskawa Electric Corp. is set to buy Solectria Renewables LLC as a means of expanding the company's “clean-energy” business in the U.S.

Headquartered in Kitakyushu, Yaskawa is facilitating the deal through the manufacturer's U.S. subsidiary in Chicago. Solectria, based in Lawrence, Massachusetts, makes products that are used for large-scale solar projects, including components that convert direct-current output from solar panels to electricity.

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