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Fukushima nuclear power to be replaced by big solar energy plant

Mixed Greens: Big solar to replace Fukushima nuclear, REneweconomy, By Sophie Vorrath  21 June 2012, Toshiba Corp has announced that it will begin building solar plants with a total generating capacity of 100MW on its northeastern coastline – the region that last year was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami, which then triggered a nuclear disaster – making it the biggest solar project in Japan.

Reuters reports that the Japanese electronics conglomerate will spend around ¥30 billion ($379.6 million) to build several large-scale solar plants in Minami Soma – located around 25km from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. The
project supercedes the earlier plans of Kyocera Corp, heavy machinery
maker IHI Corp and Mizuho Corporate Bank, to launch a 70MW plant in
southern Japan.

Toshiba said Wednesday it would start building the plants this year
and aimed to kick off operations in 2014. Residents of Minami Soma,
which is, were forced to flee their homes last year after a part of
the city was deemed a no-gone zone by the government in the wake of
the world’s worst atomic disaster in 25 years. The company’s
announcement follows the Japanese government’s approval on Tuesday of
generous new renewables incentives via feed-in tariffs, which is
expected to unleash billions of dollars in clean energy


June 22, 2012 - Posted by | Japan, renewable

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