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Japan Avoiding a Nuclear Nightmare Invests Big In Solar

Heeding the lessons learned from the near atomic disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant during March’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan. It looks like Local Japanese prefectures are teaming up with major corporations to build ten large scale solar plants. Here is the story from Japan Today That I picked up on Current:

TOKYO —

A total of 19 prefectures will take part in a project led by telecom company Softbank Corp to build solar power plants and reduce Japan’s dependence on nuclear energy, governors of the prefectures and Softbank President Masayoshi Son said Wednesday.

Softbank and the prefectures, including Hokkaido, Saitama and Nagasaki, will jointly set up a council for promoting the use of renewable energy, likely to coincide with a meeting of the National Governors’ Association to be held around July 10, they said at a press conference in Tokyo.

The prefectures joining the coalition will provide idle farmland and land where cultivation has been abandoned so that they could be used for construction of large-scale solar power plants and other such facilities.

The move comes after Softbank’s Son unveiled last week an 80 billion yen project to build around 10 large-scale solar power plants in Japan, offering to shoulder most of the construction costs.

Son has called on Prime Minister Naoto Kan to break away from dependence on atomic power following the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, which was ravaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.”

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Meanwhile on the other side of the world in England we present this story about Wadebridge where they aim to generate a third of it’s power from solar and wind. While many national governments are making only timid steps towards developing renewable energy we are seeing more and more action on a local level.

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