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Fukushima farmland being converted into wind and solar power plants

Christian Fernsby |
Farmland in Fukushima that was rendered unusable after the disastrous 2011 nuclear meltdown is getting a second chance at productivity.

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A group of Japanese investors has created a new plan to use the abandoned land to build wind and solar power plants, to be used to send electricity to Tokyo.

The plan calls for the construction of eleven solar power plants and ten wind power plants, at an estimated cost of USD 2.75 billion.

The project is expected to be completed in March of 2024 and is backed by a group of investors, including Development Bank of Japan and Mizuho Bank.

A Japanese government official confirmed it will contribute USD 275 million in subsidies to the project.

The planners expect the 21 total plants will generate 600 megawatts of electricity, or about two-thirds what a nuclear power plant would generate, according to a report from Nikkei.

The plants will be linked together by an 80-kilometer grid that will cost an additional USD 266 million to construct.

The grid will be overseen by Tokyo Electric Power Company and used to send the electricity produced at the plants to Tokyo.

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