JAPAN| Govt to cover renewable energy in quake-hit area

Posted on June 20, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | Monday, June 20, 2011 05:53 +0900 (JST)

The Japanese government will subsidize renewable energy sources for public facilities in areas hit by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.

The Environment Ministry wants to revitalize these areas with renewable energy technologies such as wind, solar, and geothermal power generation.

The accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is expected to lead to future power shortages, so the government wants to secure alternative energy sources.

The Environment Ministry will cover all the cost for local governments to set up solar panels for city halls, schools and public halls to ensure a steady supply of electricity.

The Ministry is also planning to partially subsidize environmental impact study costs for private companies looking to enter the power generation business.

The subsidy is to be included in a supplemental-spending bill for the current fiscal year.

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