JAPAN | Fukushima city begins building solar power plant using U.S. donation

Posted on July 30, 2011

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JAPAN | MAINICHI | 30 July 2011

FUKUSHIMA (Kyodo) — The city of Soma in Fukushima Prefecture started work on a solar power plant Friday using a $250,000 donation from a U.S. foundation.

The city office launched the project using the donation worth around 20 million yen that the foundation led by entrepreneur Elon Musk offered to support reconstruction of the city — hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami — through the use of renewable energy sources.

Musk, the founder of the online settlement service PayPal, told reporters in Soma that the city made the right choice and his wish is to deliver hope to disaster-affected people.

The city, about 40 kilometers north of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, will initially put in place 100 panels, increasing that number over time in line with the city’s plan to establish a large-scale photovoltaic station on 11 hectares of land.

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