Japan Plans Huge Solar Power Plant

14 April, 2012 at 07:48 | Posted in Environmental issues, sustainable development | Leave a comment
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By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff

Japan is aiming to open a gigantic new solar plant in Tomakomai on the north island of Hokkaido, which would be the largest in the country, according to local reports.

Following the Fukushima disaster and massive earthquake last March, Japan shut down all but one of its nuclear facilities and is looking for alternative ways to generate energy.

SB Energy Corp., a subsidiary of Softbank, will be planning the solar plant, which would have an average output of 200,000 kilowatts and a maximum output of 340,000 kw for 100,000 households, reported Kyodo news.

Softbank had announced last month that it would set up solar power plants in Kyoto, Gunma, and Tokushima prefectures. These plants, however, would be dwarfed in size by the planned Tomakomai solar complex, the news agency said.

There has been talk that some of the reactors in Japan—one of the most nuclear dependent states in the world—would be restarted to meet the country’s summer demand for energy.

However, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda put an end to the discussion in the short-term and his Cabinet said Japan needs more time to restart two nuclear reactors.

“The prime minister instructed me to compile a standard that takes into account the analyses of the (Fukushima) crisis causes, [and] a safety standard even if it is temporary,” Trade Minister Yukio Edano told reporters, according to Reuters.

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