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Fukushima to Become Solar, Wind Hub Using Farmland Tainted by Radiation

  • Japan govt to offer 30b yen in subisidies for 300b yen project
  • Renewable energy to be supplied to Tokyo and surrounding areas
Views Of J-Power's Nunobiki Wind Farm
Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi

Japan is pursuing a 300 billion ($2.75 billion) yen project to transform disaster-struck Fukushima prefecture into a clean-energy hub, with the development’s first solar farm scheduled to start in January.

Building wind and solar farms on agricultural land tainted by radiation from the 2011 Dai-Ichi plant meltdown will help rejuvenate the area, which also suffered earthquake and tsunami damage, Masashi Takeuchi, the head of the energy division at the Fukushima prefectural government, said Monday.