'Fukushima Airport Mega Solar' Begins Operation for Testing Solar Equipment

2014/04/16 21:49
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute
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The government of Fukushima Prefecture started operation of a mega (large-scale) solar power plant with an output power of about 1.2MW on the property of Fukushima Airport.

The government had a ceremony to celebrate the completion of the plant, "Fukushima Airport Mega Solar," April 14, 2014. In view of the nuclear accident after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, it aims to energize the local economy with renewable energy-related businesses while meeting all the power demands in the prefecture with renewable energy-derived electricity by 2040. And the new mega solar plant is defined as a symbol of such a vision.

The government plans to promote the use of renewable energy by involving citizens and private companies. It established Fukushima Hatsuden K K (Fukushima City) as a power producer for the mega solar plant with a capital of ¥98.5 million (approx US$963,702).

It was funded by municipalities in the prefecture and financial institutions and companies based in the prefecture in addition to the prefectural government. The total project cost is ¥400 million, of which ¥100 million was invested through a fund sold to prefectural residents.

At Fukushima Airport Mega Solar, various solar panels and mounting systems were installed. And their properties, etc will be tested in the aim of supporting businesses related to solar power generation.

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