Japan opens solar parks as renewable drive continues

In a drive to ensure renewables replace nuclear power, Japan has opened several solar energy parks this week.

The new plants come into operation after a new law was passed requiring companies to purchase renewable energy at a fixed price, as a means of encouraging firms to pursue sustainable initiatives.

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A new solar centre opened in Kyoto in western Japan, while various municipalities also started up installations able to provide energy for hundreds of thousands of households.

The government’s green agenda has grown in momentum, following the disaster at Fukishim, after which 49 reactors out of 50 in the country were shut down for safety checks and amid growing public protests.

The government estimates the power provided by renewable energy this year in Japan will attain 2500 MW, the equivalent of two medium-sized nuclear reactors.

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